In the book of Nehemiah the people of God have a huge task in front of them. They are rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. From rubble. Halfway through their work they are attacked by a powerful weapon. Words. “What are those feeble Jews doing?” the enemy says. “Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble? If even a fox climbs on that wall it will break.” Do you feel the sarcasm? Do you see the shame and doubt those words carry? As Nehemiah counters the attack his method is noteworthy. He doesn’t speak to his enemy, he speaks to God. In prayer he lets out his hurt and frustration. Then he and his people return to the task at hand. That’s called focus.
When God is doing something in us or through us, Satan will oppose it with his words. The words will attack our mind. They will ridicule and aim to shame. They will cause doubts to rise up. “Do you really think you can change? It didn’t work the last time you tried?” “Look at the situation you’re in. Do you really believe God can make something out of it?” When thoughts like these enter your mind, don’t argue with yourself. Pray to God. Ask Him to address what assails you. Then return to the task he’s called you to do.
“Remember the Lord who is great and awesome.” Nehemiah 4:14
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I loved how God used a movie to plant a seed in your heart to go to Africa. His timing was not your timing but when He was ready for you to go, He made a way. I look forward to reading more about how God used you in Zambia. You have a true gift for writing and sharing a story and I know God will use that gift to help and to bless all those that read your blog. I’ve read all of your posts so far and can’t wait to read more. May God bless you as you bless others through your writing.
Thank you Janie! It still amazes me how God heard and answered such a girlish prayer. It taught me that He doesn’t just love, listen to, and respond to “mature” people. Thank goodness- because I am still immature in so many ways. How He loves us.