Focus.

29 May

Nehemiah 13:1-31

Let me preface this by encouraging you to read the book of Nehemiah in its entirety. There are so many great lessons to be learned from it!

Now, Nehemiah was one focused man of God. He risked everything when he accepted God’s request to rebuild the wall. He risked his job (ya know,cupbearer to the king), his home, and his security. Yet, he was all in for the job.

He worked tirelessly, gathering the people to help with the enormous task; encouraging them when their lives were threatened; ensuring that everything was done to God’s standards.

Completion of the wall wasn’t just physical; it was spiritual. The Israelites re dedicated themselves to God. Their hope was restored; their passion re-ignited. The city was thriving once again, and it seems Nehemiah was satisfied with the result, because he returned to his former position.

Unfortunately, the praise party ended. The people quickly returned to their old ways of living; sowing seeds of destruction. Nehemiah was made aware of this as soon as he returned for a visit.

I couldn’t help but consider what my own reactions would’ve been, had I been in Nehemiah’s position. All of the taxing labor would’ve seemed pointless. Why did I even bother? Why did you send me here God? These people will never change.

Nehemiah, however, did not react like this. He was mad, but he was focused. He wasn’t going to let anyone distract him from what God had called him to do. God proved trustworthy throughout the entire process. He protected Nehemiah. He helped him accomplish what some believed impossible. He restored him to his former position under the king. In short, Nehemiah trusted that God wouldn’t ignore the good work that had been done. Nehemiah restored the city to its proper order once again, and left its future in God’s hands.

Is there a divine calling we’re ignoring or quitting prematurely? If at this moment you’re feeling like what you do isn’t making a difference, don’t give up. You may not see the results; trust God anyways.

Follow the link below, so you can get connected with a wonderful community of women who dive into God’s Word each and every day!

http://shereadstruth.com/2014/05/30/shesharestruth-nehemiah/

“Remember me with favor, O my God.”

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One Response to “Focus.”

  1. sam.nichole May 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi! Coming over from Shereadstruth…

    I LOVED your perspective! What an amazing realization that Nehemiah’s focus- keeping his eye on the prize- actually made a difference in the lives of God’s precious people! His decision to pursue the Lord and to push the people to do the same restored them back to right standing. WHOA!

    I’m loving seeing all of the unique perspectives we are finding as a community… so amazing that we all see things so differently but get to come back to the same glorious truth- the Lord is so faithful to us!
    Thanks so much for sharing… I’m so encouraged by you!

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