– Nehemiah 4:1-23
“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
– Capt. Edward A. Murphy
Capt. Edward A. Murphy was an engineer in 1949 at Edwards Air Force Base, working on Air Force Project MX981, designed to test how much sudden deceleration a human can stand in a crash. One day, after finding that a transducer was wired wrong, he cursed the technician responsible and said, “If there is any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it.” Thus, Murphy’s Law was born.
As we turn the page to Nehemiah 4 it seems that everything begins going wrong all at once.
In chapter one we saw the kind of leader that God uses and we discovered that Nehemiah was a man of passionate and persistent prayer.
In chapter two we saw how a godly leader plans and then motivates others to join him in the work.
In chapter three we are introduced to the workers on the wall and discover that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
But when we come to chapter four, we see that things begin to get a little more complicated for Nehemiah. As a result, Nehemiah must have understood Murphy’s Law well before Capt. Murphy put into words.
Getting the work begun on the wall was a major achievement, but keeping the workers working proved to be a much tougher job.
There is a law of leadership that applies here – Where God is at work, the enemy is also at work trying desperately to discourage and defeat God’s people and purposes.
Thus, if anything can go wrong, the Devil will make certain that it does!
This week we are going to wrestle with opposition in Nehemiah 4:1-23.
If you have ever faced opposition or dealt with discouragement you will not want to miss this Friday at One Thing for Men! We are going to roll up our sleeves and see how Nehemiah stayed the course and handled both.
So plan on join in around the tables at One Thing this Friday at 7:00 a.m.
Be sure to arrive early because you will not want to miss a single action packed minute.
It is with great expectancy that I hope to see you around the tables on Friday!
This Week’s Key Verses
“Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews … Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, ‘Yes, what they are building – if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!’”
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
2 Timothy 3:12
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“Whatever you do, work heartily for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8