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. – Nehemiah 6:16
Nehemiah was the trusted cup bearer to the king of Persia when he learned of the sad state of Jerusalem. By faith, he asked his boss for permission to restore the wall that the Babylonians had destroyed and with God’s favor, he led the people to accomplish in 52 days that which many believed could not be done.
Throughout the duration of the wall project, Nehemiah and the workers were continually harassed by their opponents. He was personally ridiculed and slandered. They even tried to deceive him and distract him, and would have killed him if they had been given the opportunity. Yet through all of this, Nehemiah remained undeterred and finished the task that God had given him to do. In the end, it was clear to everyone that God’s hand had been upon this skilled leader.
Any attempt to accomplish anything of worth for God will be met with opposition. Yet, the entire purpose of the difficulty is not to establish our own ability to endure, but rather that in accomplishing the task that God has required, His faithfulness is glorified. Therefore, while we should certainly acknowledge a leader’s perseverance, let us be sure to remember the One who made it possible.
Samson knew that he was only as strong as God let him be. How dangerous it is to see more in ourselves than is really there. – Lawrence Kimbrough