O God, strengthen my hands

Nehemiah 6: It was told to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and to the rest of those who hated us that I had built the wall again. They were told that the wall had no more open places, but I had not yet set up the doors in the gates. So Sanballat and Geshem sent word to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they were planning to hurt or kill me. So I sent men with word to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” They sent word to me four times in this way, and I gave them the same answer. Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same way for a fifth time, with an open letter in his hand. In it was written, “It is said among the nations, and Gashmu says that you and the Jews are planning to turn against the king. This is why you are building the wall again. It is said that you wish to be their king. You have also chosen men who tell what will happen to speak to the people in Jerusalem about you, saying, ‘A king is in Judah!’ Now this will be told to the king. So come now, let us meet to speak with each other.” Then I sent word to him, saying, “No such things as you say have been done. You are making them up in your own mind.” For they all wanted to make us afraid, thinking, “Their hands will become weak and the work will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.

15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul, in fifty-two days.

Nehemiah and the children of Israel had purposed in their hearts to rebuild the walls that surrounded the city of Jerusalem. They were half way finished when along came trouble like it normally does in all of our lives. But Nehemiah knew just how to handle the trouble. He prayed about it. “Now strengthen my hands.”

Let’s remember to pray about everything and worry about nothing.