Devotional

Overcoming Challenges

July 30th, 2018 / Posted from Our Daily Bread / Category: Daily Devotionals

We gathered monthly to hold one another accountable to our individual goals. My friend Mary wanted to reupholster the seats of her dining room chairs before the year’s end. At our November meeting she wittily reported her progress from October: “It took ten months and two hours to recover my chairs.” After months of not being able to obtain the materials required, or find the quiet hours away from her demanding job and her toddler’s needs, the project took merely two hours of committed work to finish.

The Lord called Nehemiah to a far greater project: to bring restoration to Jerusalem after its walls had lain in ruin for 150 years (Nehemiah 2:3–5, 12). As he led the people in the labor, they experienced mockery, attacks, distraction, and temptation to sin (4:3, 8; 6:10–12). Yet God equipped them to stand firm—resolute in their efforts—completing a daunting task in just fifty-two days.

Overcoming such challenges requires much more than a personal desire or goal; Nehemiah was driven by an understanding that God appointed him to the task. His sense of purpose invigorated the people to follow his leadership despite incredible opposition. When God charges us with a task—whether to repair a relationship or share what He’s done in our lives—He gives us whatever skills and strength are necessary to continue in our effort to do what He’s asked, no matter what challenges come our way.



Related Posts

On-Air Now

Next 3 Shows

Upcoming Events

  1. Live Nativity at The Journey Church

    December 14 @ 6:00 pm - December 15 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Christmas is for Caring at Macedonia Baptist Church

    December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Handbells and other instruments “Celebrate the Nativity” at Georgetown Baptist Church

    December 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From our Facebook Feed