Thursday, March 7, 2013
Daily Bible Blessing-104
I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, "Let us start rebuilding." So they began this good work. (Nehemiah 2:18)
What the enemy destroyed had to be rebuilt and Nehemiah received grace from God to do it. As he said, the gracious hand of God was upon him and God gave him like minded friends, so they began the good work. The walls of Jerusalem lay in ruins in many places after the Babylonian invasions and God placed the burden of rebuilding the walls upon a cup bearer (to King Artaxerxes) named Nehemiah who was among the exiles who returned from Babylon. He mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. He prayed to God for granting him favour in the presence of the king and he received it.
There were many oppositions to the work and Nehemiah had to battle in prayer and answer his enemies wisely on all occasions, trusting in God rather than his own might. He was ridiculed and mocked and threatened by his enemies.......
Tobiah the Ammonite, ...........said, "What they are building - if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!" (Nehemiah 4:3)
Also our enemies said, "Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work." (Nehemiah 4:11)
Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: "Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono." But they were scheming to harm me; (Nehemiah 6:2)
False prophets and a prophetess intimidated Nehemiah, yet he remained steadfast in prayer and built the walls and the gates completing the task in 52 days.
Opposition to the work that God has given us to do is common, but we have to persist in prayer and work (like Nehemiah) and not give up. Sometimes we may not be able to achieve as much success as we did, say in the past year or years, still we must work and work hard.
God will defeat our enemies and we will be able to complete the task that God has given us.