Reading through the Bible together
“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down, why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” was the reply of Nehemiah to those set out to disturb the progress of the work. Focus at God’s work may demand a reply that simply refuses to be dissuaded from doing God’s will.
When the enemy fails with one method of attack, he changes to other sophisticated methods, all aimed at weakening those who faithfully serve God. Tobiah, Geshem, and Sanballat created false reports; hired men who would weaken Nehemiah’s hand; sent letters to intimidate Nehemiah - applying all methods to weaken the hand of Nehemiah. Even the prophetess Noadiah and other false prophets wanted to make Nehemiah afraid. But God will give his children wisdom to discern these schemes and respond appropriately.
The work that God put on Nehemiah’s heart was finally completed in 52 days. This was completed with God’s help when Nehemiah and the people stayed focused on doing God’s work.
“Dear God, help us to discern the schemes of the enemy and give us courage to move forward with your work.”
General Vice President