So during our Bible study today, we got to talk about the book of Nehemiah. You have to understand that this is absolutely one of my favorite books in the Bible! I love, love, love the story of Nehemiah! 😀
In fact, one of my favorite verses of all time is found in this book. Here it is:
So this was Nehemiah’s response when the men who opposed the good work that he was doing – the thing that God had called him to do – tried to bully him and derail the progress that he had made.
What I love most about this verse is that Nehemiah didn’t even bother to dignify his enemies’ request in person. Instead, he sent messengers and kept on trucking! Now that’s how you shut down an opponent.
Anyway, I’ve decided that this is the verse that I will use as a weapon (sword of the Spirit – Ephesians 6) whenever I sense that the enemy is trying to get me discouraged and dismayed. I’ll think of Nehemiah, remember this verse, adapt the words to fit my situation, and prayerfully affirm this truth to the Lord. I encourage you to find an anchor verse of your own and deploy it as needed:
You, Lord Jesus, are doing a great work in my life and I am not about to let this nonsense interrupt the progress that You and I have made together. After all, why should I?
I don’t know where you are in your life today, but hear this: the Lord – the God of the Bible, the Alpha and Omega, our Savior, Redeemer, and Lover of our souls – is doing a great work in you, and the enemy has no right to interrupt or stop the progress that is being made within you.
Unless you let him, that is. Unless you step off your ladder, stop the work that has been done, and start engaging with the fools whose sole purpose it is to take you down.
So don’t do it. Follow Nehemiah’s example, trust God, and ignore the naysayers who will inevitably rise up against you.
Remember, it worked for Nehemiah (and if you’re not familiar with the story, take the time to read the book in the Old Testament – it should only take you an hour or two) – the man who had never before served as a general contractor for a massive, city-wide construction and blight-elimination project completed his task in only 52 days, because the favor of the Lord was upon him.
I am doing a great work today. What about you?
Dear Lord, You know how much I love the story of Nehemiah. Thank You for taking the time to show me new truths in this familiar story, and for encouraging my heart along the way.
No matter what may happen, help me to remember to continue the great work that You have started within me. I’m with Nehemiah: I will not come down! In Your name I pray, Amen.