In the midst of great opposition, under threat, and with rubble frustrating the rebuilding project Nehemiah stopped to pray. He organized guards to watch over the builders (4:9). And when he saw their fear he gave a motivational speech:
“Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” – Nehemiah 4:14
Indeed our GREAT and AWESOME God frustrated the plans of the opposition. God took care of the problem for them.
How quickly we forget and collapse in a heap of tears, trembling because we are afraid!
“Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” – Nehemiah 4:20
God will fight for us. This phrase, repeated throughout the Bible, was a promise that those who were doing what God called them to do, those who walked in obedience – would see God’s intervention on their behalf.
God will fight for us. What does it mean to you personally?
Let us be inspired by Nehemiah’s unrelenting belief and trust in God. He was certain that God would fulfill the vision given to him, inspite of opposition and troubles on every side.
Romans 8:31-39 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Take just a minute or two to listen to this Chris Tomlin song and let this great truth sink deep into your soul – Our God is Greater, Our God is Stronger…
– Nehemiah, a Bible study by Kelly Minter.