Then I replied to him, “There is nothing to these rumors you are spreading; you are inventing them in your own mind.” For they were all trying to intimidate us, saying, “They will become discouraged in the work, and it will never be finished.” But now, my God, strengthen me. Nehemiah 6:8-9 HCSB
It was a very difficult time for me when my father died nine years ago. I prayed for strength to help me through the difficult days that followed his death and funeral. God truly supplied all of my needs. There have been many times in my life when I have prayed for strength and guidance, especially when I was facing a temptation or determining what God’s will was for my life. Life is filled with many challenges that require strength and courage.
Nehemiah faced the rumors and intimidation of Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem. When faced with opposition and problems, we often cry out to God, “Get me out of this situation.” Nehemiah did not pray for deliverance; he prayed for strength. He was determined not to let anything stand in the way of accomplishing the task God had given him to do. Nehemiah was steadfast in pursuing God’s assignment.
Challenge: Ignore rumors and do not be intimidated by others. Pray for strength the next time you are facing a difficult situation or dealing with those who are ridiculing you or trying to keep you from doing the task God has given you.