#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
Some things in life are more important than others. We can expect that when it comes to those things, we will always find ourselves in a battle, trying to keep us from prioritizing the things that matter most. When we are pursuing the Lord and his will for us, we can expect that it won’t always be an easy road, we will face hardships, difficulties, and opposition, even from those whom we thought were on the same side.
Nehemiah was doing a good thing by rebuilding the wall, and yet he faced opposition, enough opposition to have to carry weapons for defense. In the midst of his fight and battle, he did not fear and he encouraged others not to be afraid. He pointed himself and those around him to the Lord who is great and awesome. Not only did he encourage them to fight for their families and their homes, but his acknowledgement of God’s greatness and awesomeness was also a reminder to them that the Lord was fighting for them as well.
When we’re stuck in the fray with difficulties swirling around us, it’s hard to keep our eyes focused on God and his mighty power. We need to remember that he will fight for us and that he will be with us. He will not abandon us, he will be with us always. While we may feel alone sometimes, he will be with us always.
Jon Gibson is a Pastor who lives in Richmond, Virginia. He used to be an engineer before he became a pastor.