This morning as I read the book of Nehemiah and study the building of the wall, the relentless pleading of his friends for him to come down is so apparent. While translating this to modern day challenges, I soon recognize the more my desire to do God’s will, the more seductive my friends become in the guise of doubt, dismay, judgment, criticism and discouragement. By putting God first, error or evil becomes a bald imposition.
James 4:7 and the first line of 8, reads, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.”
While studying Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, I have been so impressed by Nehemiah’s avoidance of distraction. His so-called friends kept telling him to come down under various pretenses, but he resisted. He had work to do.
That applies to us daily. Yesterday, I heard a woman talking of her golf game and the pro who was teaching her how to make a long drive, kept telling her to focus and not be distracted. When she began doing better, he laughed and told her she would have it down after about five hundred more times.
When I am studying and praying at my desk, I can be distracted by the computer, or random thoughts if I am not careful. By spiritualizing thought while studying the Bible, I can receive answers to any question I may have. Gratitude and humility fill my heart with the knowledge that by asking for bread (understanding), I will never receive a stone!