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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sundayvotion: "I am Doing a Great Work, I Cannot Come Down"

Today’s Sundayvotion is from the worship service that we had earlier from the book of Nehemiah. How many times in our lives were we doing good things but were suddenly side-tracked? We may not notice that, but even in the simple things that we do at home, this happens. 

Nehemiah is a prophet who worked as a cup bearer during his time. He was called by God to rebuild the destroyed wall of Jerusalem. After the Israelite’s captivity to the Babylonians, they were in great need of protection. A wall back in the days is a sign of strength and power to the enemies. If you have a strong wall that surrounds your city, it can mean that God’s blessing and protection is upon you, in the face of your enemy. This was why Nehemiah helped in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.


While he was busy doing this, many tried to oppose him. Two of his oppositions were named Sanballat and Geshem. They tried to stop him from doing his work. But his response was, “I am doing a great work, I cannot come down”.

Nehemiah was so focused on his task of rebuilding the wall that no one was able to stop him from doing it. While he and the Jews were working on completing their tasks, the enemies tried to stop, to the point of even blackmailing them just so they won’t continue rebuilding the wall.

Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter in which was written:
“It is reported among the nations—and Geshem says it is true—that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.”
I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.” (Nehemiah 6:5-8)

Their persistence to complete the task, even with people trying to stop them has made them finish the job quickly that in verse 15, it said that the wall was finished. 

Nehemiah and the Jews rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem

What is the wall that you’re trying to rebuild?

Are you trying to finish a project in school? Are you completing a task at work? Are you doing good to help other people? Are you busy doing good work at home as a mom? Are you working hard to be a better person? Are you a blogger who enjoys your work and tries her best to write encouraging and helpful posts for your readers? – Please don’t stop. 

Remember – many will try to stop us from doing the good things that we do, don’t stop. Don’t stop until the task is done. What are the current oppositions that we may have right now while doing a great work – well, there’s plenty: there are gossips from people who will try to destroy us, there are misunderstanding that the enemy will do to stop you from doing good, there’s Facebook and other social media that will distract you when you’re almost done, there’s people telling you, in your face that what you’re doing will not be beneficial.

Do not be distracted by these people/things. Some people do not like others to excel, they want to be always on top that they hate those who are either on top of them or are at their level, and so they will try to do things that will stop that person from doing the things that he/she is good at. These people are not worthy of our time and effort.

Even Satan, the enemy doesn’t want the church to do a great work. This is why he tries to destroy the churches when it’s busy doing the ministry. He will do everything to destroy a church/group. One of the things that make him happy is to see people fight and get distracted from the good things that they’re supposed to be doing. Let’s pray for God’s wisdom and protection so that we can keep doing what we do.


My reminder to myself and to you reading this: 

Keep on doing a great work – do not come down until the work is over!

Have a blessed Sunday! 

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26 comments:

  1. Very informative, keep posting such good articles, it really helps to know about things.

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  2. Very inspiring. 'Some people do not like others to excel', so true. Noted on the reminder.

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  3. Thank you for the encouragement. This pushes me more to be the mother my boys deserve. Until the next sunday devotion post :)

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  4. Great motivational piece Nilyn! And I bounce it back to you - don't ever stop inspiring and pushing us! :D

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    1. Thank you Maan! I needed to be reminded as well!

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  5. thanks for the motivation and inspiration! i loved it!

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  6. This just really solidifies what I am currently doing which to believe in what I do. Thanks for imparting this especially at this low point.

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    1. You're welcome sis! Cheer up na, God is with us. :)

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  7. Nehemiah stands as a testament to faithfulness and perseverance. He lived away from home but since he trusted God, he was able to endure it. Truly, we can learn a lot from him.

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    1. That's right sis! Thanks for God's word, it's full of wisdom.

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  8. This is a very good reminder for all of us. Same as, "we never stop when we're tired. We stop when we're done."

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    1. Yes! And this message is for me too.

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  9. Your post is very timely. Thank you for inspiring moms like me to keep on doing great work. That in all things God may be glorified. :)

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    1. You're welcome! Yes, for His glory alone!

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  10. This is a great reminder. Often in live we really do come across people who will try to stop us from pursuing our goals. I always tell myself to keep my eye on the prize so as not be sidetracked. :)

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    1. I need to be reminded of that too! :) Thanks sis!

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  11. This is so inspiring. Never give up your goals just because other people say otherwise. πŸ‘

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  12. Thank you for such an inspiring post, very timely for me too!

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  13. This is inspiring. I remember those days when I feel demotivation with my blog, I almost took it down and stop writing but something inspired me and made me continue what I'm doing. This once again reminded me to continue what I love and don't ever stop.

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    1. You're not alone. I feel that sometimes too! We can do this, go lang ng go! :)

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