Geoff Wood continued the series on Nehemiah. He talked about the different things that Nehemiah did to solve the problem of the of the destroyed wall in Jerusalem and how we can use those ideas to solve problems that we see.
- Do not be deterred by opposition
- Become as familiar as possible with the situation
- Explain your vision and ask people to work with you
- Have courage and keep your character and integrity
- Rely on, seek, and trust in God the entire time
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.
Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem’s Walls
11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.
13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal[a] Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.
17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.
They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?”
20 I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no sharein Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”
QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION
- Have you ever had a situation in which you were up against some real adversity, but you didn’t back down, and it all worked out for the best? How did it feel when you really fought for what you knew was right and it worked out?
- When you were up against opposition in your life, and you didn’t back down, what did you do to keep moving forward? How did you stay positive?
- Did you notice that you did have to use courage, keep your integrity and your character as Geoff discussed and as Nehemiah demonstrated?
- As you’ve faced adversity in your life, have you noticed a difference when you did NOT depend on God and when you DID? What was the difference in the outcome?
- When you depend on God, does your life seem to work differently?