I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who said, “I am having the worst year of my life.” She told me that she and God had an understanding and that she was taking a break from Him. I sure your face expression is similar to the way I looked at her. I couldn’t understand at first why she was saying these things about my God. As she continued to talk about every aspect of her life and how every part was failing I thought of Job. Now I know sometimes it feels like we have lost as much as Job, but we really haven’t. I reminded her that Job lost his health, his children and his animals, yet he did not blame God nor become angry with Him. I told her regardless of what we are going through or how we may feel, we are still here to breathe another day and that means that God is still with us.
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. (Job 1: 20-22 NLT)
I have definitely been in the position where my friend was. I understand believing that things can’t get any worse and then things got worse. I told her that my relationship did not suffer with God, but we grew closer. I felt like God was all I had and I wasn’t going to become angry with Him because He allowed me another day to turn my situation around. I thought of Nehemiah who rebuilt the wall in Jerusalem because it was destroyed. Rebuilding the wall wasn’t easy but he prayed, believed God and worked hard. Even when three men tried to set him up he told them “I am doing a great work and I won’t come down.”
Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained—though we had not yet set up the doors in the gates. So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages[a] in the plain of Ono. But I realized they were plotting to harm me, so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?” Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply. The fifth time, Sanballat’s servant came with an open letter in his hand, and this is what it said: “There is a rumor among the surrounding nations, and Geshem tells me it is true, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel and that is why you are building the wall. According to his reports, you plan to be their king. He also reports that you have appointed prophets in Jerusalem to proclaim about you, ‘Look! There is a king in Judah!” You can be very sure that this report will get back to the king, so I suggest that you come and talk it over with me.” I replied, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination. (Nehemiah 6: 1-9 NLT)
I thought of all the times the devil tried to sift me as wheat and I had to look him in the face and tell him I will not come down. I have issues and don’t always do everything right, but one thing I have right is that I will not stop serving, believing and living for God. I will not come down! Nehemiah had tenacity because God promised him that He would be right there and the wall would be amazing. God did not promise that rebuilding the wall would be easy, but He promised that He would not leave him and the others by themselves.
We all need a Nehemiah spirit that regardless what is going on, regardless who doesn’t want to be apart, no matter how bad life seems that we should never come off the wall. We need to understand that He will never leave us or forsake us. Since He has promised to be right there, we too should vow to NEVER COME DOWN!
Thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me. God, I thank You for a Nehemiah spirit because I will never come off the wall. Thank You for showing me regardless of how bad the situation or life may seem, You are with me. Continue to fill me with Your spirit, Your word and Your love so that nothing can make me not want to serve You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to never come down. I EMPOWER you to pray and seek God for everything. I challenge you to stay on the wall when times become tough. Remember that God will never leave you or forsake you. Do not ever let the world get the best of you enough that you feel like giving up on God. Look at your situation and tell it that you will not come down!
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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.