Maintain Your Position

“And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”” (Nehemiah 6:3)

Let us take a brief snapshot from the story regarding Nehemiah who rebuilt the walls in Jerusalem following the exile of the Jews. Nehemiah had learnt that there was a remnant of Jews who had escaped the exile but were in trouble and distress because the walls were torn down. (Nehemiah 1) Nehemiah gains the favour of the King who he served as a cupbearer. The King allowed Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and also provided the equipment which he needed to do this work.

Nehemiah gathered the people and the work progresses successfully until he encountered opposition. In chapter 4, Sanballat and Tobiah were angry that the work progressed and hurled insults at Nehemiah and the Jews. Nehemiah’s response was to pray and carry on building and the work progressed.

Again in chapter 6, when Sanballat and Tobiah heard that Nehemiah had completed the wall, they continue to conspire. This time they sent messengers 4 times to call Nehemiah to meet, but their intention was to harm him. Nehemiah saw through their conspiracy and response was, “I cannot come down because I am doing a great work.”

When the first plot didn’t work, they wrote letters spreading lies and gossip about Nehemiah saying that he wanted to be King. They even sent false prophets to convince Nehemiah to run to the house of God to hide because they wanted to kill him. On every occasion, Nehemiah saw through the conspiracies and recognised them as schemes to distract him from the work. He maintained his focus and completed the work of rebuilding the wall, restoring the gates and the doors. (Nehemiah 6)

We can learn a lot from this story about Nehemiah. (1) Stay focused on what God has assigned you to do and complete the work. (2) Do not entertain every argument or engage in every fight. (3) Not every “Prophet” or “prophetic word” is sent by God. (4) When God has asked you to do something great, expect opposition and persecution to come. (5) Stay in prayer, remain steadfast in your conviction and God will give you the strength to complete what you have started.


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