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
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 seem envious 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. Although, since 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 we can know that a person lacks good intentions, but 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.
Second, they appealed for a meeting with Nehemiah four times, yet four times he gave the same reply. This is another good example of what it looks like to remain steadfast.
Their next tactic was to use intimidation. They crafted an intimidating open letter to break Nehemiah. Nehemiah did not respond in disbelief, or with means to retaliate. 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.
The Words that inspire me are, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)
Tomorrow, let’s talk about how we spend our time. Please share this reflection with others, and encourage each other to remain steadfast on life’s journey.
So today, remain steadfast and avoid being thrown off your purpose.