Being uncomfortable is not a feeling we welcome. In fact, it can be something we work hard to avoid, regardless of its benefit. If I don't like the dentist, I put my efforts into how I can avoid going. Nehemiah has a similar predicament. Should he be burdened for his homeland, risk execution to ask the king a favor, fight against opposition to secure Jerusalem?
He regards his comfort level as unimportant in the pursuit of God’s calling. Christianity is very similar, as our comfort is not promised. The opposite is often true, as we are frequently called out of our comfort zones to administer God's love in messy situations.
In this series we will look at why Nehemiah was willing to be uncomfortable and how that principle applies to us today.