Reflection: “So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah 12:43
Nehemiah saw a need for Jerusalem’s wall to be built despite the city’s gates being broken down and destroyed by fire (Nehemiah 1:3). So, God granted him favor, and he received support and resources from the king to rebuild the wall.
Nehemiah encountered significant obstacles, and his enemies continually ridiculed him. He met threats to his life, danger, and ridicule, but Nehemiah had a mind to work. He consistently looked to God as his source as he states in Nehemiah 2:20, “The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build.”
Whenever faced with an obstacle, Nehemiah’s response was to lead the people in prayer and seek God’s wisdom. Each time Nehemiah sought God, he received clear instructions on how to respond. Each time they prayed, their faith increased and strengthened over their fear and uncertainty. They trusted God to help them with their task.
Their perseverance and focus facilitated their success in completing and rebuilding the wall. Their small nation and others recognized this extraordinary event accomplished with minimal resources and people. Nehemiah 6:16 says, “When all [their] enemies heard of it, and all the nations…saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.” Everyone acknowledged that their success was not based on their own hands or their efforts but through the Lord’s help.
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What obstacles do you currently face? Are you trying to fix them on your own? Have you taken the time to discuss them with God? Do your obstacles hinder your ability to pray or to hear from God? Over the next week, review any areas of your life that need rebuilding or restoration. Commit this week to lean on God and seek His wisdom in each situation and problem you face. Then, trust God and rest in His power to bring you to a successful end.