February 10, 2016

Read Nehemiah 6, Nehemiah 7
 
I have to admit that I am often easily distracted, especially when there is hard work to be done. It’s one of my faults that God is working to change. I’m great at making plans, but not so great with the follow-up. Any excuse to leave work and go play, I’m there. My spouse wants me to help with errands? Pass the car keys. A friend calls to go to lunch? Hand over the menu.
 
I can’t imagine how distracted I would be from work if I felt like my life was in danger. What if I were threatened with bodily harm if I continued to do something God has led me to do? What if someone said they wanted to kill me for working hard at the job He gave me? Would I keep working? Would I hide? Would I run for the hills?
 
Nehemiah didn’t run. When Sanballat and his crew sent threatening messages, he told them he couldn’t stop working and refused to leave his great work repairing the wall of Jerusalem. When he was encouraged to hide, he refused to cower. He knew that stopping the work that God called him to do would be sin. Instead of quitting, he prayed for God to strengthen his hands. Then he kept working. The result of his dedication was that the wall around Jerusalem was repaired in an astoundingly short period of time, only 52 days.
 
How about us? The time has come when we might be persecuted for doing God’s works. Will we give up and quit, or will we stand strong like Nehemiah did?


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One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.