February 2, 2023
Reinforce Our Weak Points
Nehemiah - “So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows… But from then on, only half my men worked while the other half stood guard with spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. The leaders stationed themselves behind the people of Judah who were building the wall. The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon. All the builders had a sword belted to their side. The trumpeter stayed with me to sound the alarm. Then I explained to the nobles and officials and all the people, ‘The work is very spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. When you hear the blast of the trumpet, rush to wherever it is sounding. ” (Nehemiah 4:13, 16-20)
In Nehemiah 4:13, we find Nehemiah posting armed guards behind the lower parts of the wall. This is most likely where the wall was only two or three feet high. Where the wall was ten or more feet high, Nehemiah didn’t have to worry as much. But Nehemiah is strategically placing the guards around the weaker points, the exposed places of the wall. In doing so, Nehemiah is reinforcing the weak points of the wall.
Like Nehemiah, we need to examine the strong and weak parts of our personal and business lives. We should ask ourselves the following questions:
Do I know the weak points in my life or in my business?
Do I know the weak points in my family?
Do I know where I’m most open to attack?
We need to understand our strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to know where we are vulnerable and then reinforce that area. For example, if someone has to make a sales presentation, it’s best for that person to understand his weaknesses and to anticipate any objections that might arise so he can be ready to counter those objections when they arise.
The people rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem were working all around the city. However, they couldn’t fortify the entire city. They didn’t have an army to protect them, so Nehemiah told them, “Whenever you hear the trumpet blowing, everyone run to where the attack is happening and we’ll all fight them together.”
The lesson we learn from Nehemiah 4 is: Keep your lines of communication open during times of attack. Nehemiah basically turned the entire city into an armed camp. Everyone worked but carried a weapon at the same time. Everytime you start building for God, you’re entering a battle. Everytime you start trying to build your marriage, you’re entering a battle. Everytime you build up your personal spiritual life, you’re entering a battle. Everytime you help to build up the church, you’re entering a battle. Why? Because Satan doesn’t want you building for God. He doesn’t want your marriage to be strong. He doesn’t want you to have a strong spiritual life. He certainly doesn’t want the church to be built up. Therefore, he incites people to oppose you.
Because of this, we must be ready to build and to battle at the same time. If we start doing anything of significance in this world, somebody is going to oppose you. When this happens, we shouldn’t abandon our work to fight the enemy. If we do, we could spend all of our time fighting instead of moving forward, so we must learn to build and battle simultaneously.
FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY
Ask yourself the following questions: Do I know the weak points in my life, my family, my school, or my business? Do I know where I’m most open to attack? What steps can I take to be prepared to battle the opposition without abandoning the projects in my life, family, school, or business? If you’re leading your family through this exercise, lead each member to complete the followup questions above.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Lord, whenever I’m under attack, help me to continue working while simultaneously preparing for battle. In Jesus’ name, Amen.