Text: 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages[a] on the plain of Ono.”
But they were scheming to harm me; (Nehemiah 6:2, NIV)
Teach: On the surface this could be seen as an opportunity to mend the relationship between disagreeing factions. It could be a pleasant offer from one leader to another of a brief and refreshing break from exhausting physical labor and the stresses of leading people. But it wasn’t.
Take: Jesus warned his followers that they needed to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves (see Matthew 10:16). We are to be discerning so we will not be deceived. Nehemiah stayed on top of the schemes that would come his way by keep the communication lines open between himself and God.
Task: Satan doesn’t come to us in his ugliness. He knows our weakest points, our triggers, the ways he can wiggle into our thoughts. Our job is to be ready. Let’s make extra effort this week to be mindful of the times and ways of Satan’s attacks. Consider and commit to ways to God’s means of protection. God will keep you from all harm.