Nehemiah 4:7-20 But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry...
Before we consider today's passage, here's a little background on The Book of Nehemiah. This Book is the account of Nehemiah working for the Lord to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. As the Book begins, Nehemiah is in exile serving king Artaxerxes when he gets news that Jerusalem is in shambles. "The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire" (Neh. 1:3). Nehemiah is broken hearted and grieved by this news, so he asks the king's permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild its walls. The king grants Nehemiah's request, but almost immediately upon returning to Jerusalem, Nehemiah runs into fierce opposition. That brings us to our passage today, Nehemiah 4:7-20.
What stood out to me was Nehemiah's absolute dependence on God, and how he repeatedly verbalized that dependence. We see that in verse 14 "And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people 'Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughter, your wives, and your homes.'" And also in verse 20 "In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us."
How would you describe your dependence on God on a day-to-day basis? How often do you verbalize your trust in, and dependence on, God to others? Why is speaking about your dependence on God important? Tami
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