SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Once again, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem are trying to thwart Nehemiah's efforts. They try and trick Nehemiah into meeting with them so they can ambush him. But Nehemiah is clever and won't do it.
- After four tries, they switch tactics and try to blackmail Nehemiah. Nehemiah knows there is no evidence to support these claims and that the king would never believe them.
- When blackmail doesn't work, they bribe a confident of Nehemiah's in an effort to trick Nehemiah into sinning by entering the Temple in an unworthy manner (this was a big deal during Nehemiah's time). Nehemiah realizes what's going on and refuses.
- Finally, the wall (that would circle and protect the city from foreign armies) was complete. After laying in ruins for decades, Nehemiah led God's people to rebuild the wall in 52 days.
- It can be tempting to take the easy way out. Nehemiah could've accepted money, been intimidated, ran for his life, or disqualified himself to get out of doing what was right. Instead, he persevered because he knew he was working for God, not for men. He knew he needed to finish the wall.
- Nehemiah knew that it was only with God's help that the wall was complete.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Is there something in your life you know you need to do but are putting off doing it? Maybe it's a conversation you need to have with someone. Perhaps you need to ask forgiveness or maybe YOU need to forgive someone. Pray and ask God to show you the good you need to do but may be avoiding.
- What are you attempting in your life that you will only be able to accomplish with God's help?