Pray, Watch, Listen FEAR NOT!

Nehemiah 4:10-15 NKJV  Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.”  11  And our adversaries said, “They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease.”  12  So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, “From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us.”  13  Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.  14  And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”  15  And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work.

The Israelites had made significant progress in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem.  Nehemiah 4:6 says they had already got it to half its original height.  Verse 9 tells us they prayed to the Lord and then kept their eye on the situation, which is always the first and best action one should take.  Yet many of the people were beginning to grow tired and there was still a lot of work to do.  In addition, they still had various peoples plotting together against them.  But they had prayed… and wisdom had come.  In verse 13 they laid out a plan and took action, which made it apparent to their enemies that they knew something was up, deflating their sails and bringing their plot to nothing.  Note verse 15, “And it happened when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing…Who brought the enemies plan to nothing?  God.  How?  It came through knowledge of how the attacks would come and His Wisdom about what to do.  Why?  Because, they had prayed.

When we are overwhelmed with our situations and don’t know what to do. When fear creeps in and grasps our heart.  We can PRAY, WATCH, and LISTEN.  God will give us wisdom about what to study to build our faith and give us Divine ideas and insight about things to do.

My wife and needed to drive cross country from Tucson to Indiana for a her brother’s wedding and her parents 50th wedding anniversary.  These were doubly vital as she was conducting the services, still we didn’t have the money for gas or a place to stay.  We took the matter to the Lord.  A few days later, as concern about the finances for the trip begin to weigh on me, I returned to prayer not to ask, cry or beg, but for wisdom.  I told the Lord I knew He heard me (cause’ I know He always hears me when I pray), but I needed some wisdom in the situation, should I sit tight or was there something I should be doing.  He immediately told me something to sell and for how much.  Then over the next couple of hours and I went about getting it ready to be listed on Craig’s List, he told me another item to list, and directed me to search a third that someone was actually posting ‘wanted’ ads to buy.  In a matter of 3 days, everything (none of which we used or wanted any longer) was sold and we had enough money to cover our expenses for the trip.

Your circumstances don’t have to get the best of you… Pray, watch, and listen.  The Lord is on your side and will move on your behalf and/or give you wisdom to walk in victory in every situation.  FEAR NOT!

Jas 1:5 MSG  If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.

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