Have you ever been around those who were jeolous? Jeolous, or angry people, who live a life of frustration, seek to frustrate others. This reality is exactly what the Jews were facing when they were building walls of protection.
"When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work" (Nehemiah 4:15).
It can be scary when unruly people attempt to demoralize and destroy the plans of others. This behaviour is evident, even today, within societies all around the world. Yet, when God is on your side and your plans are good and godly, know that God will be there to see His people through any ordeal.
"From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall . . ." (Nehemiah 4:16-17a).
Seek God through Jesus. Let God lead your life. Be prepared for battle. Keep you eye on your task and stand firm by being ready to defend yourself. If God is on your side, and He is if you are living for Jesus, then He will take care to ensure His plan will be realized.
The Lord's humbled . . . John A. Reeves