Nehemiah was put in charge of rebuilding the walls to Jerusalem after the fall of Israel. It was an impossible task, there weren’t enough people to help, and to make matters even worse, the enemy kept coming and attacking them from both sides while they were trying to rebuild. They had to set watchmen to guard the walls at night, and they had to put guards up during the day, they had to wear their swords and shields while they built. All of the men came together, men who were tradesmen, and men who were bakers, men who had never built with stone before in their lives. They were all building, and guarding. The entire wall was re-built in 52 days and when their enemies saw that it had been done, they were in awe because they knew only God could have done that.
I feel like Nehemiah, I feel attacked on every side, and I’ve been given the impossible task of rebuilding my life and my family, creating a successful career, and moving. I feel attacked on every side, and I’m overwhelmed.
But God doesn’t ask us to win the battle, He just wants us to keep working with our swords and our shields up fighting off the enemy. To be faithful in what we know is true. To trust He will protect us and make the miracles happen. I’m asking for miracles, Lord. I’ll keep fighting the fight and taking my tiny steps forward, but when Your work is done in this life. I want everyone to know it was You.
The arrogance in me that thinks I even stand a chance, I’m a fool, God. I’m only able to stand with You holding me up. Could you make sure I don’t forget it was You all along too?