Just in time for the Olympics (ok that part is not in the Bible… but it is almost time for the Olympics in the twenty-first century) the Jews completed the wall surrounding Jerusalem in fifty-two days. Working together the wall was finished in record time and had caused quite a disturbance among the enemies. Since so much of the attention and effort went into restoring the wall other needs were neglected. Nehemiah recognized that rebuilding the city was more than just repairing the walls… it was time to care for the poor and oppressed. Jews were taking advantage of Jews, making it hard for some families just to get by and this angered Nehemiah. Nehemiah demanded that this stop and commanded the Jews to make an oath before God that they would not try to capitalize on the powerless ever again.
Enemies tried to capture and attack Nehemiah and keep him from finishing his tasks but with each threat he turned to God in prayer. With the wall completed Nehemiah longed to see the exiled Jews return to Jerusalem. With a homecoming of sorts thousands of them relocated back to Jerusalem.
This was a brief summary of Nehemiah 5-7 that was covered this week in Kelly Minter’s Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break study.
Do you ever get fatigued of doing something? You know like get half way through a task you felt like you were supposed to do and originally had excitement about and then just lose your momentum. I do.
In fact I have felt that way lately with leading this Bible study. My enemy has been my own self telling me I can’t do it and that this it is just a waste a time. Sometimes I would rather count the numbers than pray for the actual hearts this post might touch. But this week I have learned that the Enemy is lying to me… trying to keep me from finishing God’s task He has placed on my heart to do. Regardless of whether I feel like it is successful, I heard the calling of the Holy Spirit to lead this study and I must obey.
This whole process has been very humbling for me. In no way do I even feel capable of sharing what’s on my heart every week. It’s so much easier for me to show you the latest project I have been working on around the house! Writing these posts causes me to rely heavily on God and pray that His words would just speak through me.
Like Nehemiah, I don’t want to let the enemy stop me or detour me from the task I was called to complete. Three weeks into this study I have finally learned when the enemy tries to attack turn to God in prayer.
So praying I have been doing. Praying for strength and wisdom to write and praying for you, all my readers. Before this study even began I started praying for all of you. Praying for our relationships to deepen and that God would use this study to speak to us, to draw us closer to Him.
The enemy will choose ways to attack you in your own life as well. That’s why it’s important that we remember to respond like Nehemiah and turn to God in prayer. Why did the enemy attack Nehemiah… because “they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”
Nehemiah said, : Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
- In what area of obedience are you currently fatiguing?
- Do you find that you really lose sight of the people in your life for all the lists, tasks, and busyness you’re trying to manage? How can you change this?
* Questions taken directly from Kelly Minter’s Nehemiah: A Heart that Can Break.
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