ANCHORED DAILY: Nehemiah 6-7

posted by Bethel Communications | Sep 23, 2022


Hello, and welcome once again to Anchored Daily. This is Kent Ladendorf, Director of Operations and

Finance at Bethel. Today we will talk about Nehemiah 6 & 7. Well, mostly 6 since 7 is primarily a census

of those who returned to work on the rebuilding of the wall. What I will say about that is it was an honor

to be listed here because God called his people back to do this work and these people responded to his

call.

But, today I would really like to focus on the adversity faced by Nehemiah and those under his charge.

As we look at chapter 6 we see 3 ways the men who wanted to stop this work attempted to do so. Back

in chapter 4 Sanballat and Tobiah tried belittling the workers in an attempt to discourage them with

thoughts that their work was futile. Nehemiah led the people with his own persistence and hard work so

they could see it was worthy and admirable. That was the first attempt to bring the building to a halt.

The second attempt involved trying to lure Nehemiah into more than one trap to cause him physical

harm. If they could get him away from the work and hurt him, he wouldn’t be able to continue to work

or lead the others to complete the mission. Nehemiah found it easy to rebuke them by rejecting their

offer to meet using the reason that his work was far too important to stop and he needed to remain

focused.

Finally, they attempted to frighten him with rumors that they believed would cause the King to halt all

progress. Their goal was to create fear with falsehoods. Nehemiah knew he had the King’s blessings and

stood on the truth that the King had blessed him and it was obvious by the success of the workers that

God was blessing him, too. He was confident in that truth.

What strikes me about Nehemiah’s ability to thwart these attempts to keep the Israelites from

accomplishing their goal is his reliance on his discernment. He could see through the lies, deceptions,

and slander because he was a man of discernment.

Throughout our lives, we all need this ability. But what is it exactly? One definition I like is discernment is

“a decision making process in which an individual makes a discovery that can lead to future action. In

the process of Christian spiritual discernment God guides the individual to help them arrive at THE best

decision”.

What was it about Nehemiah that made him a man of discernment? First and foremost was his reliance

on God. He trusted Him completely. He also was a man described as one of high character. He was

willing to leave a position of wealth, power, and influence and share the sorrows of his countrymen. He

was not only noble, high-minded, and of strict integrity, but he also possessed great humility, kindness,

and hospitality. Notice how the first step in almost all of his recorded actions was to pray, then act.

So, if we believe we lack discernment or want to be more discerning in our lives, how do we do that? We

can start by having the kind of character Nehemiah had. We can also practice three things: First, if you


want to see things as God sees them, get to know His word. Read it, study it, and memorize it. Second,

develop spiritual maturity; Hebrews 5:12-14 says that discernment is something spiritual babies don’t

have (we’ve all see babies stick almost anything in its mouth). We do that by putting into practice what

we have heard from God through His Word. Third, discernment can be given as a gift from the Holy

Spirit, 1 Corinthians 12:10 says the Spirit is the one who gives the ability to distinguish between spirits.

Seek Him for it. Do as Nehemiah did and pray to the God of Heaven before giving an answer or taking

action. Remember what we are told in James 1:5, “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask

God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him”.


Won’t you pray with me now.

Dear God of Heaven, being able to discern what is right, and godly, and Your will isn’t always easy. It

takes practice, the practice of our faith. It takes self-control and the ability to deny ourselves. Most of

the time most of us desperately need your help to do so. We ask that you give us all we need to have

the kind of mind Nehemiah had to discern the lies of the world, to help us hear You through your Word,

and to gather godly men and women around us who will speak Your truth into our lives. Amen


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