Why is your face sad?
Nehemiah had made an effort to choose joy in the king’s presence; to serve him with a glad heart, but an overwhelming sadness for his people couldn’t be hidden. The king knew. The king saw Nehemiah’s “sadness of heart”.
Read Nehemiah chapter 2
As Christians there is reason to enter into our King’s gates with joy and praise, but even when gladness is genuinely felt at the opportunity to enter into his presence and serve him, he still sees our troubled hearts. He knows. He knows when your heart is breaking over a wandering child, a broken relationship, the weight of injustice… He knows when your heart grieves for your people.
He is El Roi: The God who sees.
He knows every troubled thought that passes through your mind. He sees every tear that trickles down your cheek. As a good father who longs to comfort his child he asks, “Why is your face sad?” It is an invitation to come to him and share your burdened heart.
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalm 56:8
One of my favorite statements is a play on a well known children’s song. A sweet friend often reverses the lyrics and sings, “Jesus knows me, this I love.” Such a precious, comforting thought. Nothing you share with him will take him by surprise.
Is your heart hurting for the lost? Does your heart cry over the troubles of your people? He sees. He knows. And it pleases Our King to send you.
“…Why should not my face be sad?…” Nehemiah 2:3