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

In the process of building the wall of Jerusalem and doing a great work for the Lord, Nehemiah and his countrymen ran into some severe opposition.  There were men who didn’t want to see the wall rebuilt.  There were men who didn’t want to see anyone doing a great work for the Lord.  Then, as now, there were people who just didn’t have any desire to see anything done for the Lord.

Over time, this opposition grew from insults and mocking to vehement hatred and threats.  As they will do to the best and strongest among us, these threats “made us afraid.”  They said that “their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done.”  Nehemiah and his builders had been working many days and, no doubt, were starting to feel some physical weakness creeping in.  The thought that their hands would be weakened and they would fail was likely a cause for fear. 

When our hands get weak (as they are going to do), there is but one real choice: turn to the Lord and His strength.  That is just what these men did.  They prayed a prayer that is just as good and relevant now as it was then: “O God, strengthen my hands.”  That is a wonderful and simple prayer that we probably need to pray more often than we realize. 

The Israelites’ hands were strengthened and they finished the work.  When we feel weakness creeping up on us (probably every day), it is the Lord who can give us strength!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, The best part about this is that God was faithful and answered their prayer! What they asked was to be able to glorify God by finishing the work that He had set before them, and when seeking His will He will always answer our prayer to “strengthen our hands.” Peace, Linda


    • Great point! He will always answer out prayers when we ask for strength to finish the work that He has given us. I had never thought about it quite like that before. Thanks!


      • Ben, This made me laugh because I thought I was just restating what I read in your post. I was surprised to see that you and Deb both saw something additional or new in my comment. Our God is so amazing in how He uses each of us to speak to the others to gain a deeper understanding of His word and truth. Peace, Linda

  2. I love Linda’s comment! 🙂 And this post! You know, so many times I forget simple things . . .like just asking for His strength. Thank you so much Ben for reminding me today!


    • I love that comment too- what a great thought! It seems like the the times we need strength the most are times we forget that He has an abundance of strength just waiting for us to ask for it!


  3. Linda- I love to see how two (or three) people can look at the same thing and see something slightly different. God points out different things to each of us and emphasizes different things to each of us, and I always think it’s interesting to see that.


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