My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Do not be Discouraged
So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I
cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come
down to you?”
(Nehemiah 6:3 NASB)
Then I sent a message to him saying, “Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are inventing them in your own mind.”
(Nehemiah 6:8 NASB)
For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, “They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.
(Nehemiah 6:9 NASB)
Moreover, they were speaking about his good deeds in my presence and
reported my words to him. Then Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.
(Nehemiah 6:19 NASB)
Nehemiah was doing the job that God had called him to do and he was
showing his leadership among the people, however, there were those on
the outside who were doing everything they could to discourage him.
Nehemiah had tried to be a noble and upright man. He hadn't even used
the money sent to him, which he could have used, for his food. He tried
to be honest and above board and yet those who were against him tried
to undermine his leadership. They tried to entice him, thinking they
would make him feel important, by sending him an invitation to meet with
them. Nehemiah knew the job to which he was called and that was to
work in Jerusalem. He was not enticed by the a flattering invitation.
Next, word reached Nehemiah that stories were being invented regarding
him personally and his leadership. He would not be dissuaded, and he
stood up for the truth, while at the same time continuing the work. He
refused to be discouraged by the things that were being said about him.
Finally the others, representing a leader named Tobiah, came to
Nehemiah and told him about all the wonderful things that Tobiah had
done, but Nehemiah responded with truth. That means they took what he
said, twisted it and reported it to Tobiah who sent back a threatening
letter just to try and frighten Nehemiah. But he was not discouraged
and moved forward in completing the work to which God had called him!
Probably most of us have experienced a Tobiah in our lives and the
enemy would like nothing better than to have us derailed from the task
which God has placed before us. Nehemiah was not unkind to Tobiah, but
he was firm. Nehemiah remained faithful to the task which God had
placed before him and even in the midst of personal attacks and lies
which were being spread about him, he kept his eyes on what God wanted
Nehemiah is always upheld as a great leader and one from whom we can
learn leadership principles. Why? Not because everything always went
well for him, but because he learned to navigate life's difficulties
with the grace of God. In reality, there is nothing more that any of us
can ever do in life but keep our eyes on God and serve him
wholeheartedly. Only by doing this can we keep from discouragement.