Thoughts on Nehemiah 6: Don’t Give Up!

God has uniquely created each of us and given us important things to accomplish. Like he used Nehemiah, God can use us to rebuild and restore what the enemy has destroyed.

Rebuilders and restorers in God’s kingdom are very dangerous to Satan. The enemy of souls wants them stopped at all cost, but his ability to do so is limited. He can only distract and intimidate.

Nehemiah’s enemies didn’t pull any punches in trying to stop him from rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. They used ridicule, intimidation, threats, rumor, and defamation to stop the progress.  Nehemiah refused to be distracted. In chapter six, while Nehemiah was completing the wall, his enemies came to him in the following fashion:

2-3 I knew they were scheming to hurt me so I sent messengers back with this: “I’m doing a great work; I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?”

4 Four times they sent this message and four times I gave them my answer.

 5-6 The fifth time—same messenger, same message—Sanballat sent an unsealed letter with [a] message:

9 They were trying to intimidate us into quitting. They thought, “They’ll give up; they’ll never finish it.”

I prayed, “Give me strength.”

Nehemiah didn’t give up. Five times his enemy accused and intimidated, but Nehemiah refused to give up or be distracted. Instead, he prayed and asked for strength. At the end of Nehemiah 6, it states that when Nehemiah finished the wall, his enemies saw it and they gave up!

When you are God’s and doing His will – don’t get distracted or intimated by the enemy. Don’t give up!

About pastorjoehite

Senior Pastor of Valley Fellowship of Yakima
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