Trouble and Triumph, Nehemiah 6: Part II

Good advice for anyone who desires to accomplish great things: “Follow God and do what He says.”

The funny thing about Christianity is how it can be misrepresented. We don’t come to Christ in hopes that all of our problems will go away. Everyone, including our great heroes in the faith, suffered through tribulation. They faced opposition from people who were both pagan and of the family of faith. They all pleaded for God’s help. Yet, for some reason, many feel as though faith in Jesus will somehow exempt us from suffering in this lifetime.

The truth is that faith in Jesus helps us understand the nature of suffering. We understand that the existence of trouble serves as a means for triumph. Through Christ, we overcome the odds! Nehemiah faced several different and potent challenges, yet he was able to rally and get the wall built in only 52 days. The entire region had this reaction:

And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:16

No one enjoys being sick. No one likes to have people work against them trying to bring shame, fear, or disgrace. No one likes that ill feeling of knowing that there is active opposition. No one enjoys suffering financial need. No one likes to see their children or their church families suffer.

However, we all love to see people beat the odds. We love to root for the underdog. Our faith increases when miracles happen, no matter how “big” or “small” (which is a misnomer, since all miracles are big deals because they are miracles).

Therefore, I encourage you to follow God and to do what He says. Be bold in your faith and persevere. God doesn’t want the worst for you; he wants the very best for you! Trust him to do for you what he did for Nehemiah.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28