I’m Not Coming Down

Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Gesham the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)  That Sanballat and Gesham sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono.  But they thought to do me mischief.  And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

Nehemiah 6:1-3

Nehemiah’s enemies had been stop the work of building the walls of Jerusalem since he started.  Here, they discover that Nehemiah had succeeded in building the wall, but wasn’t quite finished yet.  So they try to get him to come down off the wall to “meet together.”  Of course, they had no intention of helping Nehemiah; they simply wanted to slow down and hinder the work that was going on.

Nehemiah then made a great statement in verse 3: “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down…”  What a great thought and a great attitude.

There are so many things in life that beg for our attention.  There are, of course, many things that we have to do.  But so many things are superfluous and serve only to distract us from the things that really are important.  I have no idea how many hours and even days I have wasted in my life to things that are not important at all.  I have “come down off the wall”, so to speak.  When we spend time in the Word and in prayer, we are “doing a great work.”  When we lift Him up and tell others about Him, we are “doing a great work.”  There are many things in our Christian lives that would qualify as “great works.”  Let us make sure we don’t allow those great works to cease due to worldly distractions.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Your messages are an encouragement and very timely. Continue to let God use you.


  2. Ben, For some time God has been trying to tell me that “so many things are superfluous and serve only to distract us from the things that really are important.” Thank you for this enouragement to just say “I’m not coming down.” Peace, Linda


    • It is so easy to get distraced. And I have trouble getting distracted by things that aren’t even bad things- just pointless things. I need to work on “staying on the wall.”


  3. I loved that part in Nehemiah too, and his response was so good! I want to say that too, each time the enemy tempts me to come down and away from Jesus. Thank you! These posts from Nehemiah are sooo encouraging! 🙂


    • Thanks, Deb- I love Nehemiah. It’s really just about some guys who wanted to do something for the Lord and worked hard until it was done. Just reading it is a great encouragement!


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