Nehemiah would have been crazy to think there wouldn’t be a menacing threat from the enemies of God that didn’t want the walls built again. In order to stay ready, Nehemiah had the people keep their swords close by at all times. He took his enemy seriously and prepared people to defend themselves at a moment’s notice. This level of vigilance is difficult to maintain when the work is so demanding.
Like those rebuilding the wall, we have a real enemy who wants to destroy God’s work in us. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The good news is we haven’t been left defenseless. We have the armor of God, and our sword is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:10-17, Hebrews 4:12).
Armed with the truth of the Bible, we can withstand Satan’s lies and the self-doubt that plagues our minds. With God’s Word hidden in our hearts, we can avoid giving into sin and step confidently into the future.
Like those building the wall, we must take our enemy seriously and have our sword at the ready. The truth of God’s Word is a sword in the hand of a burdened believer. Every daywhen we examine ourselves we should ask, “What truth from the Bible can I apply in my life right now?”
Do you view God’s Word as a weapon? If so do you have it ready at all times in your heart?
Father, I ask that you would guide me through your word, that you would help write your word upon my heart, so in times of need I can rely on you and your truth you have given me.
Kiefer is the Worship Leader at Pleasant Grove Reformed Church, outside of the church he is a creative director and graphic artist.
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