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 reflecting on the importance of remaining steadfast in our purpose. This morning I was reading in the book of Nehemiah and as you may recall, Nehemiah is tasked with restoring about two miles of Jerusalem’s broken walls.
Just as Nehemiah is nearing the completion of this assignment from God three men appear. These men arrive envious and with the sole intent of distracting Nehemiah so that he does not finish the wall.
Initially they attempt to distract him by requesting a meeting to see him. As Nehemiah is well aware of their intentions, he responds, “I am doing a great work. I cannot stop to meet with you.” (Nehemiah 6:3 NLT)
I think this is so instructive because sometimes even though we can know that a person lacks good intentions, we entertain them anyway. We do this because we want to test them, or to see just how far they might go to stand in our way. Nehemiah didn’t use his time this way.
Secondly they appealed for a meeting with Nehemiah four times and yet four times he gave the same reply. This is another good example of what it looks like to remain steadfast.
The next tactic of these men was intimidation. They crafted a threatening open letter to break Nehemiah. Nehemiah did not respond in disbelief or with retaliation. He chose not to use his energy that way. Instead he turned to God and prayed for strength so that he could finish God’s assignment.
Nehemiah is a great example of one who knows how to remain steadfast in his purpose.
The Words that I use to inspire me are, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)
Please share this reflection and encourage each other to remain steadfast on life’s journey.
So today, remain steadfast and avoid being thrown off your purpose.