Nehemiah 4:10 In Judah it was said, “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.”
This Saturday morning should have started much earlier. Instead, I am tired. I am weary. The previous work-week mastered most of my time leaving little for relationship with my Savior, my family, my home duties, or church and community commitments. Even sleep escaped me as I tossed and turned considering the work unfinished and the work still ahead. Like the people during the time of Nehemiah who looked upon the badly damaged walls of Jerusalem and thought the work is too great, the people are too weak and their enemies too numerous; I find myself afraid and overwhelmed.
“Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” Neh 4:14
Nehemiah’s quick to encouragement to his workers reminds them: take courage! Though the work looks impossible and their enemies numerous, the great and awesome Lord of all is on their side! With their confidence secured in the All Mighty God they resume their work all day and through the night, determined, organized, and prepared for battle at any moment knowing, “Our God will fight for us.” Neh 4:20
Weariness without perspective will take our eyes off of God and put them on our circumstances. Forgetting the source of our strength, courage, and protection we look to our own resources, our own abilities and attempt to dig our trenches with a spoon. Look up, brother and sisters! Our weariness should not divert our perspective but sharpen it, giving us clear understanding of who HE is and who we are. It is in these moments we should embrace our weakness that His strength may be magnified (2 Cor 12:10). So, let us blow our trumpets and call out to God and let the joy of the Lord be our strength. (Neh 8:10)
Psalm 68:35 Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!