It doesn’t take long for God to answer prayers I read the first half of Nehemiah and my answers were right in front of my face. Nehemiah was in distress because of the news he was getting from hom just as I am in distress due the problems and situations I find myself in. The overwhelming odds are also against me and what God has promised me and I find myself listening to the ever nagging voice of doubt.
Nehemiah 1:4-11 – When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hearthe prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. 8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ 10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
Oh, I have sinned, and not just the big stuff. I sin daily and have to repent. God is so awesome and merciful!! Verses 8-9 are promises to me, but I have work to do and I do face opposition. Some people even hope that I will fail. The Lord has given me a task and I refuse to wave the flag of surrender at my enemy. I REFUSE to let fear dictate my every move and stop me from doing what God has called me to.
Nehemiah 2:17 – Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”
NO LONGER BE IN DISGRACE!!! I have the approval of the Lord and I intend to rebuild my walls that crumble around me due to fear and oppression!
Nehemiah 4:1-5 – When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” 3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” 4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.
How many times have I been discouraged? Scorned? Had my past thrown in my face time and again? Ridiculed and mocked? Pushed down back into my grave? Too many to count! Ridicule hurts! It’s so easy to want to trade insults, but instead God asks me to pray diligently that His work be carried out.
Nehemiah 4:6-12 – So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. 7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. 10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” 11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.” 12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”
Even if I am exposed and standing directly in front of enemy fire, I STILL have NOTHING to fear!!! God promises to fight for me, even when I can’t! My preparations alone will reverse the effects of my foes. When they cause me to give up, they have won and the power is handed back to them in a nicely wrapped gift! NO MORE!!
If I stand firm in my faith and stand at my wall trembling and shaking, God WILL FIGHT FOR ME! I am NOT giving up on God’s plan. I will work with all my heart with one hand and forge a weapon with another and my sword at my side. It’s time to rebuild!!!!
You can read Nehemiah 1-4 about the rebuilding of the wall at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Nehemiah
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from:
Psalm 149:4-6 – For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. 5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. 6 May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands
He crowns the humble. Humility is tough for me because my ego gets inflated when I am in tremendous pain for I am trying desperately to prove to everyone else that I am ok. Praise and humility, a wonderful lesson in overcoming any obstacle.