Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

Finishing the race unhindered

Nehemiah 6:15 – 16. “ So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.  When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”

If it is ordained of God and backed by him, the project in spite of all oppositions cannot be stopped. It may be delayed, it may face discouragement, it will face attack and setbacks, but all of these cannot stop it from being completed. Please note when i say nothing can stop it from being completed, mention must be made of the obligations that we owe.

The life of Nehemiah once again helps us to understand what is implied by having certain obligations to fulfill. Starting from the minute when the burden of re-building the wall in Jerusalem was laid upon his heart, his mind was set on only one thing, carrying it out.

The life of Nehemiah provides a good example especially for us who are followers of Christ who have made the making of our election in him a certainty, one that is not open to any form of bargain. So committed was Nehemiah to carrying out this task, that no amount of intimidation and threats from the enemies would put him off his strides. They could not discourage him nor scare him away from the mission he had set his mind upon to do. 

No amount of distraction could make him lose focus of what brought him back to Jerusalem either. Every attempt to distract him by way of drawing him off to some mundane unprofitable activities or by way of bogus accusations was firmly resisted. He remained resolute. Also he knew where to turn to for the following:

  1. Encouragement.  2. Protection.  3. Wisdom.  4. Strength.

He resisted in the process the temptation depend on his own strength in dealing with the challenges that came his way, neither did he try to claim the glory. He knew the vision was of God, his own part he recognized as the tool through which God was bringing it to pass; he made God the pillar of his strength and support.

We may not be building a wall, but we are building something much bigger, something much more important, one that will endure forever, we are looking forward to the home that has been provided for us in heaven through Christ. No other project is more important or holds more value than this. One thing is certain we too would in the course of our journey here, like Nehemiah contend with the obstacles that came his way, the obstacles coming in other to knock us off course. We need to be armed and prepared with the mindset of Nehemiah, and as the scripture counseled us, doing so this time by looking unto Jesus the one who is the author and finisher of our faith.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.- Hebrews 12:2

Lord help our hearts to stay fixed upon you no matter what.