Nehemiah 2:17-20

And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work. Nehemiah 2:18

Yesterday we discovered how the prophet Nehemiah used prayer to overcome discouragement. Today, as we move to the second chapter of Nehemiah, we will see how he used the same situation to encourage others to be successful.

Traveling to Jerusalem to assist with the reconstruction of the destroyed city walls, Nehemiah was immediately confronted with a chance to testify to others concerning God’s goodness. He told his people of God’s guidance and care. Seeing his confidence in the Lord, the people began to help with his project.

Then, in verse 19, we see that as he worked, Nehemiah was challenged by doubters and mockers. They constantly questioned him, but despite their questions, the prophet remained strong, giving glory to God, in whom his trust lay.

Once again we can learn a valuable lesson from Nehemiah’s example. When faced with the daunting task of rebuilding the fallen city walls, he did not fear his enemies, nor did he collapse under pressure from skeptics. The Lord had given him a task, and he was bound to complete it no matter what obstacles stood in his way.

What was the source of this confidence? Nehemiah’s foundation of faith was firmly established upon the God of promise. Therefore, not only was he able to move forward with confidence, he was also able to encourage others to trust in the Source of his strength.

Lord, help me to keep You at my core, so that others can be encouraged by the faith they see at work in me.

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