Updated: May 20
Our stories are evidence of the power of God. We can argue with theology, but we cannot argue with someone's truth or story. Our testimonies are a resume and evidence of who God is and what He can do.
Nehemiah’s story is a story of opposition, threats, intimidation, and fear, but because Nehemiah refused to succumb to them, stood firm, and trusted God, nothing worked. His trust in God was impeccable.
Do you know how hard it is to not be afraid when you have people in public offices come against a project you are doing? While stirring up people to try to slow you down, stop you, by lying on you, and even trying to kill you? Then continue to lie on you causing people to think negative about you (Nehemiah 6:6-9). And then triggering the people who are helping you to get scared because they don't want any trouble themselves?
Nehemiah's only intentions and motive was to do the right thing and be obedient to do what God had asked him to do. But when they saw that he was not swayed, they conspire against him while trying to find ways to try to kill. It was like the weight of the world was against him.
Many of us have been in situations where we weren’t supported in doing something that would have bettered a situation, condition, community, nation, etc. But Nehemiah was different.
Nehemiah's Great Faith
Doing the right thing will cause people to be jealous, angry, and ridicule you. In Nehemiah's case they even ask God to get involved to frustrate his plan (Nehemiah 4:4). But little did they know that the plan was from God.
Nehemiah’s faith in God helped him to not fall into the traps they setup (Nehemiah 6:10-13).
Trusting God is important, because it is your protection.
Doing the right thing will cause so-called friends, supporters, and believers to revolt against you (Nehemiah 6:14). However, in Nehemiah’s case all it did was expose them. Because anyone who gets angry to the point of violence against what God has ordained you to do, that person was never for or has abandoned the things of God.
This story is further evidence on why reading God's Word builds your faith. When it resonates what God can do during the toughest times in your life, and what He says still happens, your confidence in God will grow.
In the end, Nehemiah's project was completed and when all those people and leaders who were against him heard about it, they were afraid and lost self-confidence, because they realized that his work had been done with the help of God (see Nehemiah 6:16-17).
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you - Deuteronomy 3:16.
If you want people to know what God can do, if you want to BE a testimony of what God can do, then have faith.
I believe that whatever we are going through in our personal lives, if we learn to focus on what God said, and cling to His Word instead of the problem, then it will be the device needed to get through and overcome.
Read the Nehemiah Story here
"I will never leave your or forsake you. I will never abandon you like your parent did. I will not leave you during times of need like your husband or your wife did (Deuteronomy 31:6). When you are alone, I am the shoulder you can cry on. I will keep your secrets... I will not remind you who you used to be but will let you know who you are and will be. I am your friend (John 15:15), and I will love you always (Proverbs 17:17). My love for you is greater than anyone... This is what God wants many of you to know today that part of His love is Him being faithful. There are wrong relationships, and there are right ones, and having a relationship with God is right." Excerpt From My Book Is Unconditional. Read it here