As I sit at my desk preparing my heart for the Lord’s Day, many brothers and sisters come to mind, and I immediately turn to prayer for them. I think of the challenging times that Nehemiah went through. Jerusalem was in ruins and the Law of the Lord had been abandoned by Israel. It looked hopeless. “Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do…” (Nehemiah 2:11-12). That is spiritual vision.
In the face of huge obstacles, Nehemiah was confident “of the hand of my God…upon me for good” (2:18). This was followed by the people saying, “Let us rise up and build.” After many days of hard work and facing enemies of God’s work, Nehemiah records this: “So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work” (4:6). That is unity in the Spirit.
These days are very testing in many ways, but I know that "the hand of my God…[is] upon me for good.” Do you know with assurance that God is with you in pursuing His work? Have you let the challenges of these days lose sight of what He is doing and wants to do through you? A day is coming when we will celebrate together all the things God has done because we were faithful.
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