Tylertown Campus Pastor
For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.
In Nehemiah chapter 6 we pick up near the end of the mission of God that Nehemiah was sent to accomplish. If you remember, the Israelites at this time were living in captivity in Babylon. All the while their homeland, Jerusalem, laid in shambles and enemy forces were going in robbing the city and taking advantage of those Jews who escaped Babylon and returned back to Jerusalem. God had called Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of the city to protect the people.
Nehemiah and the crew the Bible says was almost finished with the work. All they had left to do was to put the doors on the gates. Here was the problem Nehemiah was facing: He had enemies who were totally against him doing the work of God (Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem). These three hooligans tried several times to stop the work of God, but here’s the thing: The movement of God cannot be stopped! In Chapter 6, they try one last time to stop him by setting up an ambush, but to no avail. Nehemiah made the decision to ignore the hooligans and stay on the work. Nehemiah didn’t throw in the towel early; he was steadfast in the work until it was finished.
How was Nehemiah able to do it? To finish the work in the midst of enemies trying to get him to stop? Well he asked for the Lord’s help. You may want to quit on your marriage, or quit ministering to that neighbor. Don’t do it. Choose to stay on the work by asking for the Lord’s help. You may want to throw in the towel at work, or wave the white flag on praying for that weary child to come home. Do not do it. Choose to stay on the work by leaning on the Lord’s help. Run to Him today. He is our VERY present help in times of trouble.