It Probably Won’t Work
Posted: Saturday, August 12
One-Year Bible Reading Guide
1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Verse of the Day:
“Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
Nehemiah 4:14 (NIV)
Let’s say someone shares a really big idea with you.
It’s a good idea, but it is unlikely that the person sharing the idea could make it happen. Maybe, it seems out of reach for their skills or commitment level. Perhaps, it feels like no one could accomplish what’s been presented to you.
We have a choice in those moments to be a naysayer or like Nehemiah.
Thousands of years ago, the Jewish people were rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem.
The opposition was intense. Enemies mocked the builders. They said the workers were weak, materials were shoddy and skills were inadequate.
When the insults failed to deter progress, the enemies threatened violence.
What happened next would be a defining moment. With the daunting task of building wall while their lives were at risk, the Jews grew tired and afraid. If fighting didn’t bring the wall reconstruction to a halt, fatigue may have been the end.
In this tension, Nehemiah spoke words of encouragement.
“Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” (Nehemiah 4:14 NIV)
The job didn’t get easier. Half the people stood guard, while the others worked. The shifts continued around the clock.
As intimidation increased, Nehemiah grew in his determination.
The wall was finished and "They realized this work had been done with the help of our God” (6:16).
It should be our prayer that others will accomplish things that would be impossible within their own strength and skills.
Instead of telling people, “that can’t be done” - let’s be like Nehemiah and encourage those with a vision to see big things happen. Let’s tell them, “God is great and awesome. With Him, it can happen."
May we be like Nehemiah in those moments when enemies say the big vision will never be a reality. How great it would be to complete a task and for it to be obvious that it was only possible with God’s help.