“O God, strengthen my hands.”
For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands” Nehemiah 6:9 (KJV)
Have you ever experienced a challenging situation and prayed for God’s divine intervention?
Have you ever witnessed God coming to your rescue at the right time leaving your enemies confused?
When our enemies try to hurt us we are often overcome with fear and anxiety but in spite of the most unpleasant circumstances, we can look to God by faith and by prayer and supplication, get deliverance. Nehemiah was in a similar situation but he showed how God fight our battles when we put our trust in him. Let’s look at how God answered Nehemiah’s prayer.
Nehemiah’s extraordinary task was to lead a team in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. At the same time, Sanballat, one of Nehemiah’s strong opponents, tried desperately to discourage his workers by mocking and criticizing them as well as undermining their efforts. When that was not enough, they tried to frighten and intimidate the workers with planned surprised attacks. This interference caused division among Nehemiah’s workers but his strong faith in God boosted his courage. In spite of what his enemies did to him, he remained focused and avoided doing anything to compromise his integrity and relationship with God. His strong resilient character did not view giving up as an option so the work continued until the wall was completed.
Sanballat was displeased with Nehemiah’s success and requested numerous meetings with him but each time Nehemiah refused. Nehemiah thought that Sanballat was desperately trying to distract him or to lure him to a place where it would be easy to kill him. After several failed attempts, Sanballat launched a more devious campaign against him.This time he tried to tarnish Nehemiah’s character by getting the people to believe that Nehemiah’s sole purpose of rebuilding the wall was to make himself rich and famous. This, he hoped would negatively affect his authority. His carefully crafted lies were dehumanizing but instead of retaliating, Nehemiah spent quality time on his knees. Instead of focusing on his problems, he maintained a prayerful lifestyle. He was relentless in his effort to succeed. As weariness encompassed his body he prayed harder. Surprisingly he did not ask God to destroy his enemies. He did not ask God to perform a miracle to get the wall built promptly. Instead, he prayed,
“O God, strengthen my hands.”
God responded immediately. The wall was built in a much shorter time to the amazement of his enemies. This resulted in the accomplishment of a task that was deemed impossible. Notice that in spite of the various strategies Sanballat employed to stop Nehemiah, he refused to quit. In return, God blessed him.
Nehemiah’s enemies were so disappointed at his success in building the wall that they conceded and willingly acknowledged that God’s power was evident in building the wall. Nehemiah 6:9 tells us, “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.”
Heavenly Father, we enter Your Gates with Thanksgiving and Your courts with praise. LORD, we are often overwhelmed by the challenges of life but Your word in Psalm 46:1 reminds us that You are our refuge and strength and an ever- present help in trouble. Lord, strengthen us in our weakness so that we will not quit but will continue to trust in You. Renew our strength each new day and fill us with your supernatural power so that we will be able to overcome the obstacles that are set before us. May Your Holy Spirit guide and protect us as we tell You Thanks in Jesus name.