The Art of Perseverance: Nehemiah 6:15-16 (Perseverance Kills & Creates)
There is something that perseverance kills. And there’s something it creates. Know what these are?
I’ll give you a hint: one has to do with the enemy, and the other with God. (No, we don’t kill the enemy, and we don’t create God.)
Check out Nehemiah 6:15-16 –
15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.
Imagine what Nehemiah felt at this time. Having kept his eyes on God, he finished the walls in an astounding 52 days. And what did this do to his enemies?
Crushed their self-confidence.
Their zeal to thwart the plans, intimidate the people, and murder Nehemiah was destroyed. You gotta give them some credit. They gave it a good try. But failure is inevitable when you’re up against a man who trusts in the God of the universe.
This reminds me of a good verse: 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:7-8a)
When we humble ourselves before the Almighty, He promises to move us into places we’d never dreamed of being.
Which brings me to the next issue. This perseverance created something.
Glory to God
The real reason why the enemy’s self-confidence was destroyed was because they “realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”
There was no way around it. No mere human beings could accomplish this. A real God had to have done this. The God of Abraham received the credit among the enemies for the work He did through Nehemiah and his people.
Think about it: lost people saw God through the perseverance of believers. Wow. Astounding.
It’s a way show those on the outside what they’re missing: peace, strength, real power.
By persevering, you can resist the devil and show the glory of God to the lost.
Who doesn’t want that?