With the Help of Our God

A daily devotional journal entry by Wayne Cordeiro.


Scripture

“They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” So the wall was completed … in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” (Nehemiah 6:9,15,16)

Observation

The enemies of the Israelites led by Sanballat and Tobiah, had a plan … to discourage the people of God from completing their task. If the Israelites gave up, the enemies of the Lord would have reason to rejoice. It would be chalked up as a victory against the God followers.

You see, there’s one thing that Sanballat and Tobiah had right: Israel did indeed have the potential to rebuild what was once destroyed. Finishing the task would find the Temple once again magnificent. And the only way to stop that from happening was for them to discourage the people away from what they had the capacity and the calling to do. The enemy knew what was in them, but the question was whether or not the people knew.

But if the Israelites would press through, the opposite would take place. They ultimately do, and the Scriptures give us this result: “The surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” (Nehemiah 6:16)

Application

As I ready myself to return to what God has called me to do, I also hear the enemy’s reproaches. It’s the same message. Nehemiah summarizes their threats in this way: “They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”

But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.

The enemy knows … But did they?

This is my prayer as well… that God would also strengthen my hands to complete the work He has called me to do; that I would not drop out of my potential but see His calling in me fully completed. Like Caleb, I want to “follow Him fully.” And in the end, the people will realize that it was God that was acting on our behalf … not we ourselves.

Prayer

So dear Father, I too pray with Nehemiah that You would “strengthen my hands” and when our enemies see the work completed, they will exclaim that it could only have been done so with the …”Help of our God.

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