Nehemiah led in the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem and refused to give up. He faced insults and intimidation from the enemies all around him as well as injustices from his own people (Neh4-5). He sought help from God while taking every defensive step he could.

Despite the challenges the wall was completed; however Nehemiah’s work was not complete. He encouraged the Israelites to study the scriptures, to worship and to keep God’s law. He had a life-long commitment to leading the people.

We all face challenges and difficulties in life. But as God helped Nehemiah, He will also strengthen our hands (6:9) for the rest of our lives in whatever tasks He gives us.

Life’s challenges are designed not to break us but to bend us towards God.