“And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen (nations) that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down (disheartened) in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of (done by) our God.”Nehemiah 6:16
There have been things in my life that I can only attribute to the mighty hand of God, even though all things are under His hand. I have seen Him do great works in answering prayer, and I have seen Him do miracles in the lives of people, including my own. I have seen Him move mountains that seemed impossible to move, and I have seen with my very eyes the mountain He referred to in the New Testament that we could move if we had the faith of a mustard seed. God is always moving in the lives of His people and also in the lives of others who think they are doing whatever they want to do. God controls all things and there is no moving past His hand when it is up against you much like the Pharaoh found out as well as Baalam and his talking donkey. I am always amazed to see God at work even though I should not be surprised by the moving of His hand.
I recently received a message from my cousin inviting me to join her to witness the baptizing of her son. I was amazed to hear this as I knew he was doing better spiritually but it seemed as though he had a long way to go. He had his battles with addiction which led to some serious consequences that God used to get ahold of him and draw him to Himself. He was shot on two separate occasions years apart, and the second time around He allowed God to work in his heart and my cousin was thrilled that her son was seeking God. He came to stay with her and she continued to ask for prayer for her son as he sought to make changes in his life. There were some who prayed for her son at Freedom That Lasts, but none prayed like she did for her son. She sought God’s face and asked Him to do what only He could do. She asked for addictions to be overcome that had held him captive for many years and asked God to change his desires.
I went to the baptism excited to see my cousin and excited to see my second cousin take another step in his Christian life. Family and church friends were gathered in a living room as he stood up in front of everyone to give a testimony of what God had done and is continuing to do in his life. He desired to keep it short but he said some things that caught my attention. He talked about how God had changed his desires and how he no longer desired the things he was once attracted to. He spoke about how he wanted to take the next step in his Christian walk, and he was surprised how God had changed his life in such a short period of time. My cousin had tears fill her eyes as she was thanking God for what He had done in her son’s life and recognized how great our God is. I saw him get baptized in a swimming pool, and I heard many in the crowd thank God and praise Him for the work He had done. God is the only one who can give true freedom and victory from our sinful and destructive habits and desires, and those who witnessed this first hand could emphatically say, “this work was done by our God.”
Nehemiah built a wall that seemed impossible to build, but when God is behind it, there is nothing that is impossible for Him. Nehemiah led a team to build the wall in 52 days even though he faced those who sought his downfall and tried their best to discourage and stop the work God had placed in his heart. He remained focused on the task God had given Him, and he allowed God to use him to do a mighty work that could only be attributed to God. The nations all around that area saw the power of God, and the testimony of what God could do I am sure spread throughout the area. God uses us to do His work and our job is to obey Him and give praise to the One who is worthy of all praise and adoration. Our actions should testify of the goodness and greatness of our God and what He can do in spite of the frailty of man. What a testimony to God what He did in the building of the wall in 52 days, and what He can do in the life of an individual who surrenders to Him!
Does your life show others how great your God is? Is your life a testimony of God or would it be hard to find a “God sighting” in your life? Are your prayers being answered? Are you seeing God work in your life and in the lives of others? Who are you praying for? What are you praying for? What do you need God to do in your life or in the lives of others? What wall needs to be built? My cousin prayed for many years for her son and God answered her prayer in a mighty way giving great testimony to our God. What will be your testimony? Whose life will be changed by your prayers? May we allow God to work through us to achieve the impossible that others may see the work that only God can do. There is nothing impossible with God and to Him be all the praise, honor and glory. Amen and amen!