I’m reading Nehemiah, and it’s about rebuilding the temple. Here’s a few things that stood out to me as I read:
In chapter 3, we see that all the people worked “except for their nobles, who wouldn’t work with their master and refused to get their hands dirty with such work” (Nehemiah 3:5 MSG). It’s a blessing to have the strength to work, a blessing that God would allow people to cooperate with Him in restoration or whatever He needs accomplished. I don’t ever want to be so self-important that I “refuse such work”. If God is involved, I want to be involved! James 4:17 says, “to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (NKJV). If you know what needs to be done, be thankful for the opportunity and get it done!
In chapter 4, the people countered the opposition of their enemies with prayer. I love the response and when the enemy opposed the restoration. Look at this: “We countered with prayer to our God and set a round-the-clock guard against them” (Nehemiah 4:9 MSG). Prayer is a weapon – don’t overlook it’s power. So many times, we get bogged down in our own hardships and forget that God is for us. Please don’t let this verse describe your situation: “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2 NKJV).
In chapter 5, the people refused to be distracted – even by their own needs. Look at this: “I had work to do; I worked on this wall. All my men were on the job to do the work. We didn’t have time to line our own pockets” (Nehemiah 5:16 MSG). They were too busy working for the Lord to be distracted by their own needs – that’s remarkable. They trusted God to take care of them as they obeyed what He had told them to do. AS you are faithful to God’s call in your life, he will be faithful. Remember Psalm 37:25? “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread” (Psalm 37:25 NKJV).
All of this is tremendous, but here’s my favorite: in chapter 6, Nehemiah’s enemies try to stop him by asking for a meeting. They send message after message, but his response remains the same: “I’m doing a great work; I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?” (Nehemiah 6:3 MSG). It may not even matter where you are, that’ll PREACH! “Why should the work stop so I can come down to see you?”
Are there people around you who are refusing to do the work? Probably – sadly! Don’t be discouraged by the behavior of others.
Do you have a work to do? Yes you do! Do it with thanksgiving and determination
Do you have an enemy opposing you? Sure – but counter his attack with prayer and you WIN!
Do you have needs, physical, emotional, financial, that might cause a distraction? Yeah, we all do – instead of focusing on what could stop the work, look UP from when comes your help – God will provide for you as you are faithful!
Do you have people who want to distract you, get your focus off of what the Lord is asking of you? Yep, those too. Why should you come down to meet them on their level? YOU ARE DOING A GREAT WORK!
Realizing that the Lord has a purpose for your life is a treasure ❤ I’m praying that you will grasp it with both hands and do all you can with all you’ve got to accomplish it! God will provide!