This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about the need to not let it (or them) break you.
There may be times in our lives when we allow a situation or an individual to break our spirit. When I think about this, I am reminded of Nehemiah, who was tasked with restoring around two miles of Jerusalem’s broken walls. During this time, many people, many times attempted to break Nehemiah, but he did not give in.
Just as Nehemiah was nearing the completion of his assignment from God, three seemingly envious men appeared with the sole intent of distracting him so that he couldn’t finish the wall.
Initially, they tried to distract him by requesting a meeting to see him. Although Nehemiah was well aware of their intentions, he told them that he was doing a great work, and that he could not stop to meet with them. This is one clear example of how he did not allow them to break him.
Then, they approached him again, steadily testing him to find his breaking point. This time, they made an appeal to him four separate times, yet four times, he gave them the same reply. Again, he didn’t let them break him.
Finally, they tried to use the tactic of public intimidation. Once again, he did not let their actions, or his response to their actions, break him. Nehemiah chose to use his energy in a very different way. He turned to God and prayed for the strength to fulfill his task.
The next time you’re on the verge of being broken, cling to these words: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)
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So today, don’t let them break you.