For the past few days, we’ve been talking about how Nehemiah and his whole crew of builders responded to those who opposed them. I think we can all agree that if a group of people heckled you while you worked all day, we’d probably want to throw in the towel. But this particular group didn’t stop their mean girl routine, they actually turned up the heat. They found a few hundred guys and sabotaged the work that had already been done.
Talk about a situation escalating very quickly!
“But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry. And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.” Nehemiah 4:7a, 8 (ESV)
How do you respond to that?
Their defenses were already weakened, they were exhausted from having to build this wall with limited people and resources, and they were demoralized from the constant belittling. But the people didn’t waver. What I love about what happens next is that it wasn’t just one person who did the right thing—there wasn’t one hero—but, as a group, they continued to pursue God.
“And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.” Nehemiah 4:9 (ESV)
Plenty of Nehemiah’s actions are recounted throughout this book: he positioned people. He enlisted builders. He secured investors to bankroll the project. He prayed. He wept. But that’s not what this verse says; the people acted as one unit.
Together the group sought the Lord.
Together the group acted wisely.
What crew have you surrounded yourself with? Who are the people who you come to with anything and everything? And how do you seek the Lord with them?
In your marriage, do you seek the Lord together in addition to your private time?
In your small group, do you seek the Lord together in addition to your private time?
On your serve team, do you seek the Lord together in addition to your private time?
On your God-project team, do you seek the Lord together in addition to your private time?
I’m keeping this post intentionally short to give each of us a few moments to pray for our people. Reach out to your tribe and ask how you can be intentionally praying for them today. Ask if any of them needs wisdom and then seek wisdom together.
Life is not meant to be lived alone, so let’s reach out to our communities today!
Who are your people?
How do you intentionally serve the Lord together?
To go Deeper: Read Includers, The Community Component of the Unbinding Process