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