Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer. Nehemiah 6:2-4 (NIV)
You know that you have received an assignment from me. You know that I have given you work to do for me. You are quite clear that I have asked you to go and do something for me. Do you have any doubts? Do you have any questions? Do you have any concerns? No, I do not have any doubts. Yes, I have questions. Yes, I have concerns. Let me hear your questions and concerns. I didn’t expect that the work would be so hard. I didn’t expect to encounter so much difficulty. I certainly wasn’t planning on any opposition. Did you expect your work to be smooth and easy sailing? Yes, I might have had that expectation. Can you tell me why you would have had such an expectation? No, I cannot. I guess I didn’t think things through very carefully. What do you think now? I would say that I should have expected the work to be hard and filled with difficulty and even opposition. Why is that? You experienced difficulty. You encountered opposition. Why wouldn’t I? You were even opposed by those who were your followers. Has that happened to you? Have you received what could be called, “friendly fire?” Yes, some of the most surprising and discouraging opposition I have faced has been from your followers, fellow believers and even friends of mine. I have never called the fire, “friendly”, however. It has been the most painful. But you have kept on going. You have kept on doing the work I have given you to do for me. Yes, that’s correct. That is very good.
Why is it so important that you have no doubts about the work I have given you to do for me? Knowing that I am doing what you have asked me to do has kept me focused, steadfast and relentless in continuing to do what you have asked of me. I have not let myself become discouraged or distracted. I have not allowed myself to say yes to some good but lesser tasks or opportunities. Day by day, I have kept on task. Day by day, I have relied on you. Day by day, you have made me able to keep on doing your work. You have been with me to help me. You have given me your power and strength. You have kept on working in and through me. For that, I am very thankful. I will keep on doing the assignment you have given to me. That will be very good.
Lord, I want to be used by you. I will joyfully go and do whatever you have ask of me. I will not quit. I will not become distracted or sidetracked. I will not leave the work you have given me to do. Give me the energy, strength and power to complete your work. Amen
Key Question… Why is it vitally important that the attitude of gratitude is strongly developed in you?
Living It Out… Give thanks and praise to God for all that He has done, is doing and will do for you.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God has done, is doing and will do much for you that is worthy of all your thanks and praise.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are giving your all your thanks and praise to God.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you give thanks and praise to God for His goodness to you.
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