Nehemiah is one of those books of the Bible that you may not know as much about or hear about a whole lot in Sunday School. Passages from this book are continuously being spoken to me through messages, speakers, blogs, and devotions. I mean, like 4-5 times in the past three months. That is probably more than I have ever in my life had the thought of ‘hey, let’s turn to Nehemiah this morning’.
This book of the Bible has become so real to me lately. You know…when God is just speaking to you and sending reminders that He has you through scriptures…
I opened my laptop to write a post about the one particular verse that started this “Nehemiah season” in my life. Guess what happened next….?? While I was looking up the verse to include in a post, I came across a completely different verse that holds such value, after this past week and even just yesterday. God is so amazing like that. You can be looking for or expecting one blessing and He just shows up in a completely new and unexpected way.
So, now this is not the post that I started to write. That will have to come another day. This is new.
It is worth the fight.
I have questioned some things this week. My human heart seems to get a little fearful in the face of uncertainty. You know, when God is in complete control and I have no idea how He is going to do what I know that He is going to do.
There are things that I am praying for….people that I am praying for. People that I thought were on the right path. I thought that my promise had been fulfilled. Yet sometimes it seems like they are slipping away again.
We have battles that we face as a family. We have a tween now and all of the sass and attitude that can come with that on some days. (Most days she is absolutely lovely, but other days I just want to scream). We have another kid who wants to play legos and watch shark boy and lava girl instead of do schoolwork. We have a busy schedule and all those things that most families face– financial worries, health issues, job stresses, juggling school in the mix, and goodness gracious that laundry. I will not admit how many times I have gone to target and bought a pack of socks because they were none clean and in the pile that was clean….not a single match!!
All of that to say this.
I have a feeling that I am not the only person who has gotten out of bed just as exhausted as when they got in bed the night before. Why do you even try? The burdens of life can weigh you down and have you wondering if it is worth it.
Nehemiah 4:14 New Living Translation (NLT)
Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!
I am quite aware that this verse is in reference to an actual battle, but it spoke to me quite nicely this morning.
When you find yourself bombarded, take a step back and look over the situation. I am not trying to go Lion King on you, but remember who you are. 🙂 and never forget whose you are.
The battle is already fought. The victory is already yours. Regardless of how the current circumstances might seem, it is worth it. Keep fighting. Fight for your family and your home. Fight for your joy.