Read: Nehemiah 6:1-9,15
Nehemiah was instrumental in the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem. He refused to give up despite severe oppositions. He faced insults and threats from the enemies around him as well as injustice from his own people (Neh. 4-5). His enemies implied that he had some personal agenda (Neh. 6:6-7). But he sought help from God while taking every defensive step.
Despite the severe challenges, the wall was completed in 52 days (Neh. 6:15). But Nehemiah’s work was not complete. He encouraged the Israelites to study the Scripture, to worship, and obey God’s law. He completed 12 years as governor (Neh. 5:14). Even then he made sure his reforms were continuing (Neh. 13:6). He had a life-long commitment to lead the people of God.
Just like Nehemiah, we all face challenges and difficulties in life. As God helped Nehemiah, He will also strengthen our hands (Neh. 6:9) for the tasks that He gives to us. We must keep in mind that those challenges are designed not to break us but to help us turn toward God.