Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!” (Nehemiah 4:14 NLT)
There is great opposition to the rebuilding of the wall. Everyone is afraid for their family and feels out of control. But Nehemiah reminds them of why they don't have to be in control or afraid. He says two things to encourage them:
1. God is great.* "Remember The Lord who is great." When we believe that God is great, we realize that we don't have to be in control. After all, he already is. He can do whatever he wants to.
2. God is glorious.* "The Lord, who is great and glorious." God is glorious, therefore we don't have to fear others. If God is for me, who can really be against me, right?
Nehemiah knew they weren't really in control. But he was okay with that because he knew that God was--he sent them!
Nehemiah heard the scary words of the enemy. He was tempted to worry too much about what they said and did. But ultimately he rested in God's glory caring more about what God thought than what others thought.
They were attempting a very risky endeavor. There were all kinds of reasons for them to give up. So he reminded them to not believe the lies that they had to be in control or concerned about what his enemies thought. He led them to keep their eyes on The Lord trusting him to be their strength and courage.
We don't have to be fearful control-freaks. God's got our back. He's with us. He's great and he's glorious. It's time we lived like we believed that.
What about you? What is God saying to you?
What are you doing going to do about it?
*Credit Tim Chester and Steve Timmis for teaching me about the 4 G's in their book Everyday Church.