"DOING A GREAT WORK"

[Original article in German]

One of the most beautiful and instructive narratives in the Old Testament is found in the book of Nehemiah. Here we are told that Nehemiah, who was permitted by the Persian king to return to Jerusalem, inspired the Jews to help him rebuild the city walls, which were in ruins. Of particular interest in this narrative is the wisdom and persistence exercised by Nehemiah in withstanding the enticements and threats of his enemies. He said on one occasion (Neh. 6:3), "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?"

It was his enemies' intention not only to delay Nehemiah's work, but to thwart it altogether. Accustomed to listen for God's voice and to obey it implicitly, Nehemiah saw through the evil intentions of his enemies and nullified these intentions by continuing with greater watchfulness the work he had begun and thus completing it successfully.

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