So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. – Nehemiah 4:6
Nehemiah was the man who stood against all the opposition and rebuilt the wall in Jerusalem. People had all the reasons to be afraid and stop work. Their situation was hopeless, yet they all geared up to work towards the rebuilding of the wall.
But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.- 9
When we face opposition or trouble of any kind, we need to take some action and not remain passive.
“Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” – 14
God is always by our side. We just have to pray and seek His strength and wisdom.
So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. – 21
The Jews continued to work despite the strong opposition from the enemies, because they knew God would fight for them.
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” – John 16:24
John 16: 16-33 is one of my favorite passages from the Bible. It’s the passage that has given me strength and patience during my trials and tribulations. In this passage, Jesus and His disciples were in deep pain, as Jesus was about to be crucified. Since Jesus already knew what was about to happen, He comforted His disciples with a few promises.
“You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” 20-22
“Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” 23
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 33
Jesus has assured us that He has overcome the world! What a great assurance! No matter what your situation is right now, our Lord Jesus is bigger than any circumstance.
“As a father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” – Psalm 103: 13
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” – Isaiah 66:13
Our heavenly Father has promised us ‘comfort’ of a mother and ‘compassion’ of a father. Even though we are alone in the world, our Father in heaven is there for us as our Father and Mother. He’s there to show compassion in our weak moments, and comfort us during our trials.
“They will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.” – Zechariah 8:8
God promised His people that He would bless them if they humble themselves and turn away from their sinful ways.
GOD’S PROMISES –
This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called ‘the Faithful City’, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”
“Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”
“The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”
GOD’S COMMANDMENTS –
These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely.
God also promised that if we follow His holy ways, different nations of the world will come to seek God and stand with His holy people.
“Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty.
‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’
Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 18:18
Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven, for where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. – Matthew 18:19-20
Jesus promised here that ‘prayer in agreement’ always reaches God. Not that if we pray alone, it won’t reach God. But, it’s good to come together for God’s will. When two or three gather together and ask God something in Jesus’ name, it’s approved by God, our Heavenly Father. — Amen.
What a beautiful gift it is!