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Monday, September 28, 2009

Treasure

Remember the old saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure?"

In reading Nehemiah I was reminded that God sees value and passes value to us but it can remain unseen by others. As the Jews rebuilt Jerusalem's wall, they knew God had called them. They knew it was important. They knew that if they didn't do it, God's purpose wouldn't be fulfilled. They are, after all, God's chosen people.

As they built, the naysayers started talking. Mocking them in their "feeble" efforts. The job, which was a big one, a huge, gigantic one, looked impossible.

Are you facing an impossible challenge in your life? Are you trying to accomplish the big picture. Don't settle. Take some advice from Nehemiah. He called those on his team to stand guard as others worked. He knew Who was the captain of his team.

Even if what you're building your dream with is in ruins, rubble of what once was, keep stacking. One small stone at a time. Eventually the voices will be silent. Because one day they'll see a wall.

As the Jews worked, this is what they heard, "Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?"

As the taunts and jeers poured forth, they had a choice to make. What would they see and what would they believe?

Choose to see the beautiful, protective stone wall not the crushed, broken stones.

And remember, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

On your side,

2 comments:

Laura said...

This is one of my favorite Bible stories, Lisa. It reminds me to listen to the voice of truth, not Sanballat!

Cindy Duren said...

You express God's word so well! Thank you for this today. God used it to really calm my heart today.