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Work Done with the Help of God

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 5:1-7:72

My selection: Nehemiah 6:15-16

15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.

My reflections: The wall was finished in 52 days. The enemies were stunned, afraid, and humbled. Not just because the people had worked so hard and so well, but because they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of their God.

There was no other way to explain this feat. None of the things the enemies had said were true. None of their opposition had been effective. God had been with His people.

Jesus told His disciples, ” …let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 5:16. In the case of Nehemiah, even his enemies had to admit that God had helped them. Even his enemies had to, in a sense, give glory to God for the finished wall of Jerusalem.

My challenge: What seemingly impossible task has God called you to do? Are you trusting Him to overcome obstacles and for the success of it? Is your desire that He be glorified in its accomplishment?

Approach your impossible task today in His strength, with His help, and for His glory.

Tomorrow’s reading: Nehemiah 7:73-10:39

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