Nehemiah 4:6 – “So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” NASU
In this account of rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem, there were obstacles and opposition but Nehemiah had the heart to see the city rebuilt and believed that God’s hand was upon them and the work not only could be accomplished but would be accomplished. Sanballat, Tobia, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites were all in opposition because it threatened their standing and was a sign that the God of All Living was restoring a people who would follow Him in the land.
Nehemiah said that the wall was built and the whole wall joined together to half its height because the people ‘had a mind to work.’ Nothing ever gets done unless that becomes the attitude of a people. We have to look past the obstacles and opposition to the God of All Living and realize that He will enable us to accomplish that which appears impossible. In this labor, there are several things that shine forth to me.
- The mindset of the people was to DO THE WORK.
They believed the report of Nehemiah and were inspired to invest their time and energy in the accomplishment of the task set before them.
- The OPPOSITION surfaced almost immediately.
Anytime the people of God begin to move toward accomplishing a God-ordained task the devil’s crowd immediately and viciously attack.
- The people not only PRAYED, and WORKED, but the ARMED THEMSELVES.
It was not ‘spiritual weapons’ alone that they took up but swords, spears, bows, etc. They were committed to ‘fighting in the natural’ if necessary to accomplish the purposes of God and achieve their freedom.
- GOD demonstrated His greatness on their behalf.
God will bring to naught the attempts of the enemy if we will remain faithful and diligent in pursuit of His purposes.
Whatever is set before you by the Spirit of God and any godly challenge presented by the leaders should be entered into prayerfully but with total commitment to seeing it through to the conclusion. If we make a total commitment and rely on God we will find Success! That my friend is the ‘Secret to Success” – – Commitment. Determination and Faith. Those will be the lights leading us to successful accomplishment of the purpose set before us.
May God be with you as you go through your day!