Now when I went into the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. They are coming to kill you by night.” But I said, “Should such a man as I run away? And what man such as I could go into the temple and live? I will not go in.” And I understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me. Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, according to these things that they did, and also the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who wanted to make me afraid.
The lesson here dwells on keeping my focus on the tasks that the LORD has set before me. Nehemiah refuses to be distracted from the effort to rebuild the wall and seek a place for his safety. What could be safer than hiding in the temple? But he knows that if he displays fear of the enemy so will the people, and reconstruction of the wall will be impeded.
When the LORD directs me to a specific task, I must trust in Him to protect me and to provide for all that is needed. Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 122
Evening: Psalm 47
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