Nehemiah: building a leader who rebuilds Jerusalem, part 3

1 Corinthians 14 33

Nehemiah Chapter 3 describes the progress that he and his team made rebuilding Jerusalem. This progress angered their enemies who mocked them and began to plot against them. But Nehemiah and his team kept working and they rebuilt the walls.

So we rebuilt the wall, and all the wall was joined together to half its height; for the people had a mind to work. (Nehemiah 4:6)

When their enemies saw this “they were very angry, and all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it” (Nehemiah 4:8). Have you experienced resistance from others to your faith, to your defense of the truth, or your purpose? Has the enemy and his footmen created confusion to thwart your purpose or hide the truth? God is not the author of confusion.

Nehemiah shows us in chapter 4, verse 9, how to respond to enemy-created confusion: “So we prayed to our God, and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.”

Nehemiah didn’t stop his efforts to listen to the confusion spouted off by his enemies. He didn’t respond to it, try to correct it, or stress out over whether other people believed the confusion. Nehemiah stayed on the course of doing what God directed him to do.

God will protect you and He will direct your path, just as He did for Nehemiah. He will fight for you and equip you to fight your enemies, just as He equipped David to face Goliath.

When our enemies heard that their plot was known to us, and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his work. From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and body-armour; and the leaders posted themselves behind the whole house of Judah, who were building the wall. The burden-bearers carried their loads in such a way that each laboured on the work with one hand and with the other held a weapon. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me. 19And I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, ‘The work is great and widely spread out, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Rally to us wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet. Our God will fight for us.’ (Nehemiah 4:15)

Nehemiah, a wise and faithful governor, stood up against attacks from all sides. He also dealt with complaints from the people he was working to help. Tomorrow Nehemiah helps the poor.

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