Today's reading: Nehemiah 6:15-19
A determined and focused effort by Nehemiah and the Jews resulted in the wall and its gates being completely rebuilt in only fifty-two days. Quite an impressive accomplishment considering the run-down physical condition of the city, the low emotional state and lack of unity of the people upon Nehemiah's arrival, and the strong and steady opposition that Nehemiah and company combatted throughout the rebuilding process. But it's precisely because of these difficult circumstances and the way in which Nehemiah and the workers responded that God gets the glory. At the end of the day, God's greatness, power and control are recognized by all.
"And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God" (vs. 16).
How much thought do you give to the fact that people are watching and making an assessment about God through ALL of your actions--in the good times, low times, stressful times, trouble-filled times? What's one thing you can/will do this week to display God and His goodness to others? Tami
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