Thursday, September 23
Not to Fear
Nehemiah 6:1-7:4 Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates)...
think about it.
How does Nehemiah deal with criticism and suspicious advice (6:10-14)? What is Nehemiah's recurring prayer?
The opposition grows even stronger as we come to Nehemiah 6:1-7:4. Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem are determined to stop Nehemiah. But Nehemiah isn't taken in by any of their scheming. He is discerning and recognizes that these men are trying to instill fear in the workers (vs. 9) and him (vs.13-14; 19) to derail the rebuilding efforts and Nehemiah personally. But Nehemiah gives us a wonderful example of leading through all the difficult circumstances. He seeks the Lord, asks for strength and holds his ground.
Fear can be a powerful disruptor. So what can we do to guard against letting our fears interrupt or even stop our efforts and work for the Lord? Tami W.
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