- Published: Friday, 22 September 2017 12:59
- Written by Bethany Looyenga
The God of Heaven will make sure we succeed. We're his servants and we're going to work, rebuilding. You can keep your nose out of it. You get no say in this-Jerusalem's none of your business!
The last couple of days I've been reading in Nehemiah again, I love reading this story! Nehemiah knew his mission, and he knew how to stay on task. He was called to build a wall, and eventhough many people tried very hard to distract him with mocking and laughing, he was not distracted. Others tried to pull him away from his task and get him to leave the site and meet them elsewhere, but he did not fall for their trickery. He knew what God had asked him to do, and that is what he did. He remained focused on God's Word to him. He kept building, building, and building. He continued to believe that God was in charge of his life, and God would bring success. His enemies did not appreciate his attitude at all, so they amped up their attacks on him. In chapter 4, verse 7 it says, "When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairs of the wall of-Jerusalem were going so well-that the breaks in the wall were being fixed-they were absolutely furious." So, they got together and decided to create as much trouble as they could think of.
Nehemiah countered with prayer. He put armed guards at the most vulmerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords. He spoke to them, saying "Don't be afraid, Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes." And, then he reminds them that God will fight for them as well.
So, I love this story because it is true for our lives today, true for me. God calls me, and I'm not always as good at staying on task as Nehemiah, but God hasn't changed. He is still in charge, and all that He has said is true. He is still fighting for you, and for me. Enemies come and mock us and try to get us off task from our mission, but it's none of their business! We can call in our circle of family and friends to pray with us and to stand guard around us as we march on, work on, and pray on. The enemy will get furious at our progress, he will amp up the attack, but God will fight for us, because we are secure in Him. He is rebuilding each one of us to succeed in His Kingdom!