When God gives us a task to do, let us do it with all our heart. However, Satan does not want God’s work to be successful, so he will do all he can to stop it. Let us not be unprepared for our enemy and know that the Lord will fight for us.
There have always been and will always be people opposed to the work of the Lord. As believers, we must carry on with the Lord’s work and not allow others to deter us.
Nehemiah 4:1-3 “When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!””
Nehemiah prayed that his enemies would be punished for their wrong doing and insults.
Nehemiah 4:4-5 “Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.”
The enemies of Nehemiah and the Jews plotted to fight against them. Even today, God’s enemies and ours, are doing everything to take Christ out of our world completely! Notice that they prayed and posted a guard! We do not have to sit back and be defeated!
Nehemiah 4:7-9 “But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.”
The Jews were living in fear of their lives – doing God’s work is not always easy. So, Nehemiah posted guards. The workers returned to building after the enemies learned of plans.
Nehemiah 4:10-15 “Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.” Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.”
The workers never let down their sword. Nehemiah made a plan for all the men to join together to fight the enemy. So, all the people worked on the wall, but they never let down their guard. We too must be prepared to face our enemy, the Devil!
Nehemiah 4:16-23 “From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me. Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.” Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.”
Doing the work of the Lord is not always easy, but we must not stop. We will have enemies that we must fight, but we must remember, that God will fight our battles for us.
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