'Let us not become weary in doing good.' Galatians 6:9 NIV
When we commit to God's calling for us, it can be demoralising when it doesn't seem to be working out. We wonder if we really heard God or if we're doing something wrong, and can be tempted to give up. But the Bible says: 'Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up' (Galatians 6:9 NIV).
Nehemiah was someone who could easily have given up (see Nehemiah 3). He had a pretty big task: rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He enthusiastically sought God through fasting and prayer. He went to ask the king for permission to go and start the task, and for safe travel and materials. The building work began and everyone in his team pitched in. But then problems arose. 'When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead...they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it' (Nehemiah 4:7-8 NIV). Nehemiah could have given up. But instead, they 'prayed...and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat' (Nehemiah 4:9 NIV). He also said: 'Should a man like me run away?...I will not' (Nehemiah 6:11 NIV).
In spite of the all the obstacles, Nehemiah refused to give up. And God wants us to keep going too.
So what now? Over this week, read the book of Nehemiah and ask God to help you have the same persistent spirit as Nehemiah had.
Soulfood: S of Sol 5-8 Matt 26:1-16 Ps 39 Pro 21:9-13,