BIBLE READING: Nehemiah 4:1-12
“Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.”
Now being half way finished with the wall, the wall is starting to turn heads. The local sheiks are starting to get a little nervous, and wanted to show they still have power. So, they began with intense verbal attacks. Questioning methods, materials, workers, and even God. Nehemiah being faced with this, did what he needed to do. He went straight to God. His prayer almost resembles the prayer of a psalmist. Psalm 123 has a similar writing style. Praying for redemption from adversaries, not just an escape, but even punishment for those causing it. We know the fact, that there will be difficulties and challenges as a Christian. No matter what they are, from day to day, other people, or trials. We have to take theses to the Lord. When facing challenges especially adversity, let’s remember these reminders from Psalm 123.
– Remember our focus should be on the Lord.
o “Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.”
– Remember to trust in the Lord’s timing with patients.
– Remember to give the problem to the Lord to take care of it.
o “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.”
I’m so thankful for the faithfulness and provision of the Lord. Let’s rely on His grace and strength as we go through our day.
David Fulp II