Text: 15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. (Nehemiah 6:15-16, NIV)
Teach: No one imagined it. Fifty-two days and the wall was up. In the face of the enemy’s relentless opposition and the people’s fear and weariness, the job was completed. Those who sought to defeat the project finally realized what God’s people had been learning all along: they didn’t accomplish on their own
Take: God specializes in things called impossible. Miracles that reveal the power and compassion of God fill the pages of the Bible. But too often we act like the disciples being tossed by a stormy sea. Jesus scolded them for their timid faith. Perhaps we need to pray more like the father who sought healing for his child, “I believe, help me with my unbelief.” (see Mark 9:23-25)
Task: You are being called by the God who is greater than whatever seems impossible in your life. He invites you to live in his “abundantly above.” Let his Spirit work in you and see what he can accomplish.