“Then I prayed, hear us, our God, for we are being mocked.” (Nehemiah 4:9)
Praise God for His indescribable love that He has bestowed upon us. It is always refreshing to know, undoubtedly, that we have a heavenly father that loves us and is concerned about our well-being. It doesn’t matter what we have to suffer or endure “on this side of life,” “God is our refuge and our strength.” (Psalms 46:1)
Although that is the case, we as people need to be aware that in life we are going to endure some struggles and hardships that we may not fully understand. Life may be overwhelming and perplexing at times. We may be battling unseen forces that we are not aware of, but irrespective God is there for He promised to “never leave us nor forsake us.” (Hebrew 13:5)
For example, as we look at Nehemiah, chapter four specifically, we understand from our reading that Nehemiah and the people of Judah faced opposition regarding the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem. They were mocked and threatened but despite all that they encountered, it didn’t deter their efforts. And more importantly, they prayed and sought the help of the Lord.
As I read the Bible further and looked at the actions of Sanballat and how he tried to block and hinder God’s people, I am reminded of how Satan tries to block us in every way and our desire to fulfill God’s purpose and plan for our lives. Satan will use people, circumstances, or whatever he can to “throw us into confusion” (Nehemiah 4:8), get our eyes off of God and keep us from multiplying and being effective for the Kingdom of God.
But regardless, we have to continue to move forward just as Nehemiah and the people of Judah did. It may appear that it gets harder and more difficult, and that we seem so far from our goal. Like “the workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved.” (Nehemiah 4:10)
But that isn’t the time to give up and throw in the towel. With the supernatural strength that is given by way of the Holy Spirit, gird yourselves and prepare for battle and go out to win. “So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears and bows…Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious…Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:13, 20)
God has won the battle
God will fight for you for “the battle isn’t yours but the Lord’s.” (I Samuel 17:47) Oftentimes we as people wonder why we are not being victorious in our lives and things seem so out of alignment. The reason is because the battle isn’t against tangible things or people, but it is unseen forces in the spirit world (see Ephesians 6:12).
The devil has lost his position in Heaven because of pride and wanting what didn’t belong to him. As a result, he is roaming the Earth “seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8) The devil’s overall agenda and scheme is to hinder people from reaching their destination in life and ultimately their eternal destiny in Christ. He is furious and we as children of God are his primary target for destruction.
That is why we must always be “armored up” through prayer, time in God’s presence and through his word which is the “sword of the Spirit.” (Ephesian 6:17) Because then and only then are we in position to fight competently in the spirit realm.
Finally, don’t be surprised at the “fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead be very glad for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering.” (1Peter 4:13, 14) In other words, the attack is coming but when it does, don’t be baffled by it but know that that is the assurance that you are connected to the “true vine” (John 15:1) and are a part of the family of Christ and just as He is victorious so are you for “Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4)