November 2, 2015

Nehemiah 6_16

Nehemiah 6:1-19

Nehemiah is almost finished rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. The kings of nearby cities mock him for even trying, but the Lord is with Nehemiah as he leads the Jews from every tribe in this effort. They finish the wall in fifty-two days. God was with them. But the kings continued to mock and spread lies and propaganda against Nehemiah.

Nehemiah’s response is to ask God to remember the kings according to what they did and also to remember the prophets who spoke against Nehemiah and the Jews. Nehemiah allowed God to deal with his enemies. Scripture says, “Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.” So we do what God tells us to, and we allow God to take care of those who would get in our way.

He calls us to love our enemies, not fight them. So the wall is finished in record time and the surrounding people recognize the power of God to assist his people in their work. Nehemiah was not afraid of the king’s taunts and ridicule. He rested in God’s help, his protection, and his justice.

Prayer: Lord God, may we rest in the knowledge that you will judge all in righteousness, and keep us in your care. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner, Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.

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