February 11, 2016

Read Nehemiah 6, Nehemiah 7
I still remember our first “cordless phone.”  I was so thankful to be unattached from a wall.  It freed me to walk outside the house to watch our kids play and not miss a call.  One of our most recent phones verbally announced Caller ID information.  If I was working on a project and deemed the call distracting, I didn’t need to answer.  The caller could leave a voice message, allowing me the opportunity to continue working.
Though there were no phones for Nehemiah, he did have distractions and requests to stop his work. Those wanting him to stop were scheming against him. They knew if they could distract Nehemiah, his work would stop. Nehemiah was a courageous, goal-oriented and decisive leader. He was sure of God’s plan and did not allow his enemies to thwart his work.  Though they asked multiple times for him to meet, he refused.
I think of my cell phone.  It rings and I check to see who is calling.  If it seems urgent, I answer immediately.  Sometimes, I allow it to go to voicemail because I have more important things at that moment. I have the luxury of avoiding a call. Nehemiah had to face those calling him … and these were his known enemies.
Nehemiah continued to display his desire to complete God’s work, no matter who or what became a distraction. Use Nehemiah’s example this week as Satan tempts you.  Be courageous and decisive. Look for God’s plan and keep working.
All in!!

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.