When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work. From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah – Nehemiah 4:15-16 (NIV)

Even though God had frustrated the plans of Nehemiah’s enemies, there was a level of diligence and readiness that was needed as they proceeded. As we experience God’s grace and goodness in our day-to-day lives, we still need to work with a state of alertness. Unlike Nehemiah’s day, our enemy is not physical. The Scripture talks of Satan as a prowling lion, therefore we need to keep on the alert with our skills to build in one hand and the word of God in the other.

Today’s commentary by: Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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