As I was studying Nehemiah for this Sunday I came across this commentary from Warren Wiersbe. How he opens his discussion on Nehemiah chapter 4 was so good, I wanted to share it with all of you. I know this a little long, but I don’t think you will be disappointed to spend a few minutes reading it!
“When things are going well, get ready for trouble, because the Enemy doesn’t want to see the work of the Lord make progress. As long as the people in Jerusalem were content with their sad lot, the enemy left them alone, but when the Jews began to serve the Lord and bring glory to God’s name, the Enemy became active. Opposition is not only an evidence that God is blessing, but is also an opportunity for us to grow. The difficulties that came to the work brought out the best in Nehemiah and his people. Satan wanted to use the problems as weapons to destroy the work, but God used them as tools to build His people. “God had one Son without sin, but He never had a son without a trial”– Charles Spurgeon. When Sir James Thornhill was painting the inside of the cupola of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, at one point he finished an area and stepped back to view it. Had he gone back one step more, he would have fallen from the scaffolding and perhaps killed himself. Seeing the situation, a friend seized one of the brushes and rubbed paint over a part of the picture. The artist rushed forward to protect his work, and at the same time, his life was saved. When the picture of our life or ministry is not all we think it ought to be, perhaps the Master Artist is rescuing us from something far worse and preparing us for something far better.”
“In Chapters 4 through 6 we see the enemy attack the people through ridicule and plots of war. Which led to difficulties within the Jewish ranks; discouragement, fear and selfishness. Nehemiah shows us the devices Satan uses for opposing God’s work and it also tells us how God’s people can be steadfast and defeat the Enemy. If you start building, you will soon be battling, so be prepared! When we spend too much time pondering the Enemy’s words and attacks we give him a foothold from which he can launch another attack, closer to home. The best thing we can do is to pray and commit the whole thing to the Lord, and then get back to your work! Anything that keeps you from doing what God has called you to do, will only help the Enemy.”
I am truly excited to see the people of Momentum refusing to give up; being steadfast in your faithfulness and work! The Lord is building something amazing and He invites us to be a part of it, He desires for us to be a part of it! He knows the victory is already His and if we refuse to give up we will share in the celebration of what He accomplishes through us!
Can’t wait to share more of Nehemiah and what it looks like to be Determined to Fight with you tomorrow. I’ll be team teaching with Rodney Porter, Pat Walton and Karen Beckner. I know they will be bringing a powerful perspective on Nehemiah as well!
Our God is good and I cannot wait to worship Him alongside all of you,