2012-09-17 - What Would Nehemiah Say?
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." (Nehemiah 4:14)
Some thought the idea of building a destroyed city wall wasn't the brightest, and they told me so. I kept my cool. I prayed and believed God would take care of us and give us success.
The workers and I did not let mockery and ridicule stop the rebuilding. When the wall was halfway rebuilt, we faced heavier hostility. Death threats, adverse site conditions, and tired workers were a mainstay. We increased our protection, arming people with weapons near the wall. Half the men worked, while the other half kept an eye out for the opposition.
I told the people not to be afraid, and that God was greater than negative thinking. I knew He would reward our sacrifice. During the building process, I was in constant conversation with God. I know that made the difference. We could have given up, but we chose to accomplish our goal. Our enemies weren't happy, and that gave me incentive not to quit.
Lord, Don't let me be caught off-guard when the insults come my way. Nehemiah's situation teaches me that I need to pray.