Blocking Distractions

Nehemiah 6:3 And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and come down to you?
Are you busy about what God, the Father, has called you to do? As Nehemiah was faithfully working, on completing the task of rebuilding, there arose around him those who did not want to see his success. These detractors, enraged by hatred and jealousy, sought to keep Nehemiah from completing the task God had given him. Nehemiah refused to do two things during this time. First, he refused to allow them to distract him from the work at hand. There was a purpose in his heart and he understood what it meant to work, “heartily as unto the Lord” (Col 3:23).  Second, he would not embrace other’s attempts to make him afraid (Neh 6:12-14). Nehemiah did not have Paul’s words that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). However, what he did have was faith in God’s promises. Does faith in God’s promises drive your commitment to what He has called you to? It is our choice to stay focused on what is set before us or to allow the voice of others to distract and raise fears that would stop us from the Father’s work. Today focus on what the Father has called you to. Don’t give in to distraction or fear. Rather, as bondservants of Christ, work heartily unto the Lord for the inheritance that lies ahead.

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