Lessons from Nehemiah
How often do you find yourself being pulled away from a task that you know you have to complete?
If you are anything like me, it seems that the moment I commit to completing a task, so many other “things” begin to beg for my attention.
These things, my friends, are actually DISTRACTIONS!
Distractions are defined as “anything that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.”
Personal distractions are usually subtle, familiar tugs that are presented to keep us from finishing our assignment. Or they may be frenemies who send enticing messages to meet for a few minutes just to “chill.”
If you place your eyes on the enemy and contemplate his invitation to stop working, your assignment will be incomplete and the enemy's mission will be accomplished.
Nehemiah was familiar with these distractions as he worked diligently to erect and restore the wall in Jerusalem. These distractions were meant to make Nehemiah stop the work he was assigned to complete.
If Nehemiah stopped working, the wall would not be complete and his enemies would be victorious. Instead of stopping the work, Nehemiah took a different course of action:
So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?" Nehemiah 6:3 (NKJV)
Nehemiah prayed a very specific prayer after relaying the message. He asked God to strengthen his hands. The distraction begged him to stop, but his assignment required perseverance.
Today, I pray that you will be able to differentiate between the assignment and the distraction. The assignment is too important for you to abandon. You must keep your tools in your hand no matter what messages the enemy sends your way.
Don't stop working, but most of all, don't stop praying!