Strengthen Our Hands

“Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.”

Nehemiah 6:8-9

If you ever attempt anything for God, you will run into opposition. The devil will fight you, and he will even use those who are of the same faith. He hates the work of God, and he likes nothing more than to spoil the plans of the godly. I have seen God do great things even in the throes of adversity as He is not hindered by the works of the devil. As the verse says, “Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” I have been attacked by some while trying to do God’s work, and in all honesty, I have also at times been an antagonist to those who sought to do the work of God. I am not sure why I would contest such a thing, but it was not one of my finer moments in life.

Our church recently hosted a Christmas event that sought to reach our community for Christ. We have organized plays and cantatas in the past, but this was much bigger than that and the goal was to cast a wider net and go above and beyond what we had ever done before. There were many planning meetings that transpired months before the event, and there was a great need for our church to get involved and volunteer their time, talents, and work ethic. The basic plan was to go big and see what God could do through this “Walk Through Christmas.” Our church property would be transformed into a Christmas wonderland to include a manger scene that would include live animals and a realistic-looking back drop. I was not involved in the planning process, but I heard much about it from my wife and friend who were quite active in it.

It all sounded good but I was not entirely sure how they would pull this off. I knew Satan would be at work, and he would not want this to go as smoothly as we had planned. The date finally came for the event to take place and many people showed up. God brought all the details together and people from our community came out in droves. It was really something to see God work and to see the congregation active in serving and participating in this event. God had worked in the hearts of the people and it was amazing to see them use the talents God had given them. Eternity will only tell of those who received Christ and the eternal impact this event had on the people God led to this event. There was a work to be done, and I am thankful that I had a front row seat to see God work in all facets.

Leading up to and during the event, there was a lot of prayer and work being done. My wife led her kitchen crew in prayer as they sought God’s help and favor in the strengthening of their hands to do the work God had called them to do. God’s calling is also His enabling, and He will not call us to do something He does not equip us to do. God chooses to accomplish His work through His servants. We must be obedient to His calling and not cave in to adversity, but rather ask God to strengthen us to do His work. There is no other work on the face of this planet that is more rewarding.

Has God called you out to do His work? Have you been discouraged by the naysayers and those who seek to oppose you? Does the work seem too big or dangerous for you? Have you asked God to strengthen your hands, or have you tried to rely on your own strength or intellect? May we be obedient to the leading of our God, and may we not be discouraged when we are opposed by the prince of darkness. God’s work will always come at price, but God is not a debtor to anyone. The world cannot give the joy that comes from being in the center of His will. In the midst of the work He has called us to do, may our prayer be, “O God strengthen my hands.”

Stay in the Fight!

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