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Friday, December 1, 2017

Trust God.

This week, we have taken some time to step back an look at the process that happens with really big building projects.  Nehemiah is returning to Jerusalem to rebuild the city.  We are thinking about what it takes to build people into God’s Temple throughout a city, county, state, or country.  These projects can become quite overwhelming!

But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. "What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?" they asked. (Nehemiah 2:19 NLT)

When following God’s Plan, we will encounter resistance.  We will have enemies.  We will, for a time, be stopped.  Our preparation time, however, strengthens us for these eventualities.  When we run into them, then, we are reminded Whose Plan we are following.  This give us everything we need to move forward, trusting God.

I replied, "The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, His servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem." (Nehemiah 2:20 NLT)

When God lays a burden on your heart, don’t throw it away.  Pay attention to it.  Get God’s Plan for resolving it.  Look for the open door that God provides to move forward. Take the time to work through your doubts until you “own” God’s Plan, without any doubts.  Then it will be easy to rally the team and get to work.  When trouble comes, then, there will be no need to worry.  You can move forward knowing that you are following God.  You can trust God.