Just Keep Going

But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.  And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews?  will they fortify themselves?  will they sacrifice?  will they make an end in a day?  will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?  Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

So built we the wall…

Nehemiah 4:1-2, 6a

This is a very simple thought for today.  In the book of Nehemiah, some of God’s people are trying to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  Along the way, they get some people who were opposed to them.  Sanballat and Tobiah do not want to see these men of God succeed and so they do everything they can to stop the work and discourage the workers.  They mock them and jeer them every step of the way.

After some especially vicious jeering and mocking, we find an amazing statement in verse 6: “so built we the wall.”  They just kept going.  They could have gotten discouraged, but they just kept going.  They could have listened to the naysayers, but they just kept going.  They could have gotten tired from the work and from the relentless opposition, but they just kept going.  Despite the troubles and trials, they just kept going.

They built the wall.

So can we.

After all, we do serve the same God they served.

No matter what you are facing, just keep going.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, Awesome post! What great encouragement. It is sad that so many Christians never read the Old Testament beyond Psalms and maybe Genesis. They miss out on great lessons of encouragement for the people of God like this one from Nehemiah. Peace, Linda


    • Thanks Linda- and that is true. There have been times when I have stuck pretty much to Psalms and Proverbs, but there is so much more in the Old Testament that can really be a great help to us if we will just read it!


  2. What a beautiful encouragement. Just love that . . .all that blasting at them and their response, “so built we the wall”. I think it reminds me to keep listening to Him, to His voice, in order to keep going. And not so much what others are saying! God bless you as you keep blessing us with encouragement from His word! deb


    • That’s a good point- when we are listening to His voice, all the other voices just fade away. It’s when we start focusing on the other voices that we get discouraged. I will have to remember that.


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