Matthew and I are studying Nehemiah together, and are at chapter 4. Something jumped out at me, because it’s something I’ve been going through: the enemy bombarding my mind with whispers that bring fear and discouragement. It’s true that I’m in a tough time, a time of extreme pressure, and that in itself is hard, but it seems tough times attract fear and discouragement like insects to light bulbs.
10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.
11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.
12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.
• The whispers can be continual, but that doesn’t make them truth!
• Why is it when the enemy whispers a threat we want to run and tell anyone who will listen? Talking about it puffs it up to be bigger than it is.
• Isn’t this the issue the Israelites had when they spied out the Promised Land? They brought back a bad report of how big the enemy was rather than believe in God being bigger and true to His Word to deliver them.
• The battle didn’t come as the enemy said it would. The actual assault was that their “strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed” – they were afraid and discouraged and losing strength to continue.
14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people,
What did Nehemiah see when he looked? According to H7200 – ra’ah and the Gesenius’s Lexicon – He was shown something, caused to see something… What?
14 Be not ye afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.
• He was shown/caused to see the Lord in all His power and greatness.
• The Truth of His Greatness reduced the enemy’s threats to nought.
• Whose report will we believe?
• Who do we believe is really Greater?
• We can continue on, because Jesus is Greater and because…
“our God shall fight for us” Neh.4:20b