"And Nehemiah prayed, Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their taunts upon their own heads, and give them for a prey in a land of their captivity."
"Let go and let be."
Easier said than done. We are so quick to take matters into our own hands then wonder why things aren't going our way. In fact, I believe it is really difficult for each of us to let go. After all, God did bless us with a strong sense of conviction that sometimes runs a muck. I think we just really can't figure out when to use our God-given sense and when to just let go and let God.
That's because we are always quick to rectify a situation when things go wrong. We are intuitive by nature and therefore, think outside the box. But sometimes, those daily situations get a bit out of control. That's when the answer doesn't come easy and you are pulling at strings to make something work. That's when you SHOULD know it's out of your hands.
In Nehemiah 4:4 we find three words that are vitally important to remember when we are trying to stand through a storm: "And Nehemiah prayed." He didn't begin to retaliate upon on the attacks that came against him. He was laughed at, angered upon, raged provoked, judged, and criticized. They shouted his goal was impossible! So Nehemiah prayed........
"Hear, O our God," he said, "for we are despised. Turn their taunts upon their own heads, and give them for a prey in a land of their captivity." Notice that he didn't take up arms and go after those fools. He asked God to deal with them. His attitude was, "I'm doing Your will! You told me to build this wall and I am busy doing as you stated. You will have to take care of my enemies!"
What would happen if you prayed every single time you felt afraid or intimated with no recourse? What if you prayed every time you were offended, or every time someone hurt your feelings? What if you prayed immediately every time some kind of judgement or criticism came against you? Would your life be different? Would you be able to withstand those storms better? Of course you would!
Many times God gives us a plan. We begin doing it, but enemies rise up against us and when we turn to fight, we turn away from God. Suddenly our enemy has our utmost attention. We spend our time fighting him instead of praying and asking God to intervene.
Nehemiah knew better than to let his enemies command his focus. He was aware of them, but he kept his eyes on God and the job God called him to do. And he simply prayed and asked God to deal with those who were attacking him.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "Let go and let God."
Help me to realize that fighting back is not the answer.
Teach me to pray for your intervention when my enemies offend me.
Remind me to let things go and keep on the task at hand.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always