“Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14
Against the threat of battle, which grew the more Judah labored in the Lord’s work, the prophet directed them to God’s Word.
Be not ye afraid is repeated throughout history to God’s people in times of turmoil. Whenever things seemed hopeless, whenever things appeared unsolvable, situations impossible, all effort expended, God would step in and tell them not to fear. How is it He expects us, mere mortals, to not fear our situations, our enemies, or our pending deaths? The answer is always, and always has been, Jesus, for the next thing Nehemiah says is remember The Lord.
“The solution to every problem in life is an intimate relationship with God.” – Pastor John Knapp.
Jesus Christ lived among us and died as One of us, the Man that no other could be, that we could have that very relationship with Him. His cross is the means by which we have an intimate relationship for it is there that all sin was atoned. Furthermore, with sin atoned, our faith in that finished work is how grace is given to lowly men such as you and me.
God’s grace is freely given, but through belief. It is all that He asks of us, to believe. We are told to love Him, and love others, but that ability is only given because we believe it is given. It is our faith that accepts God’s Love. God’s Love is never withheld from us, it is we who refuse to accept it when are we feeling unloved. It is when we fail to remember that the Lord is sovereign over all that our faith becomes slacking, and God will allow the world, the Devil, and even our-selfish-selves to bring us into a place where we can no longer deny our need of Him. Then, we must remember the Lord again.
When we bring God into every situation, no matter its size, He will guide us through it to our best outcome. When we trust in Him to do so, and we should for He is faithful to His Word which says He will work all things for good to those who believe, He also arms us to defend ourselves and expects us to. We are not to give ground to anyone when it comes to our faith, our relationship, and our blessings which God has given to us. He equips us with His very Word to enable us to withstand the day. The prophet said to fight! Once the people had remembered the God they were serving and how He brought them out of Egypt, how he stopped the flow of the Jordan, how He brought down the walls at Jericho, and how He delivered unto them the people in the land of promise, they were able to complete the task of building the wall. It was their faith and trust in Him that allowed them to live in victory as they built.
“They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side and so builded.” Nehemiah 4:17-18
They had their swords right there with them, if not in hand. This speaks of having the Word with us wherever we go, so that in season or out, we can give a defense for our belief. They trusted God, and so should we. We should be in the Word, learning of Him, about Him, because faith in Him and His finished work brings the counsel of the wicked to nothing.
“And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to naught, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.” Nehemiah 4:15
Furthermore, learning about Jesus by studying His Word will give within us a solid foundation of confidence in Him that is unshakable and faith that is unmovable. With that comes peace, rest, joy, and life abundant forevermore.
“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Brethren, may we have no fear as we live out our lives for God. May we include Him in all facets of our life, and entrust Him entirely. May we stand in faith, unmovable, and always do the work to which He calls us, in confidence, ready to bring a defense that glorifies God. May we ever growing closer to Him, desiring to be more like Jesus.