Ridicule can cut deeply, causing discouragement and despair. The Jews were continually ridiculed to dissuade them from building the wall. Instead of trading insults, Nehemiah uses the superior weapon of prayer and the work continued. Just like Nehemiah, when we are mocked or made fun of, we can call on our God who has promised to be with us and never leave us! This should give us encouragement and strength to carry on. Remember to focus on God and His purposes when things get hard. Nehemiah reminded the workers of their calling, their goal, and God’s ultimate protection. We should strive to do the same.
1. When tiredness and discouragement set in, how do you combat these feelings?
2. Do you try to handle the above feelings on your own strength? What has been the result?
Challenge: The next time you feel discouragement and fear, spend some time in prayer. It will help ease the burden as God works in and through you.
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