What stresses you out? For some it’s a major life change. For others it’s everyday traffic. Difficult relationships stress us out, financial problems, our own response to situations may stress us out. But what is our response to stress as Christians? Is it different? Should it be different?
When mercilessly needled by his enemy to give up his monumental task of rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall, Nehemiah calls out the behavior, “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up in your head.” He goes on to tell us, “They were trying to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.'”
Isn’t that just what the Enemy wants to do – frighten and distract us from the work God has for us? Nehemiah’s solution? “But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”
In the Psalms, a stressed David cries out for God’s help, at once proclaiming God’s great abilities as well as his own despair. Moses, in Psalm 90, also focuses on God’s greatness as he asks for help. He ends with, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.”
We have the advantage of looking back at these giants of the Bible and knowing their work was established. God answered their prayers. We have their example to give us even the exact words to pray as they did. The work they did is just as important as your work for Him is today. In fact, you are blessed to have the Holy Spirit as a deposit inside of you to help you in ways those giants did not. So, be encouraged, it is God who gives our hands strength, it is He who will establish the work of our hands!
by Jill Cristao, Director of Connections and Communications