I’m not afraid to get some professional help when I’m in over my head. When my wife and I bought our home, it needed some work. One of the things we wanted to do was put in new floors. Laminate seemed like the right choice because you could “do it yourself.” I was confident, yet inexperienced. Not too confident, though. I saw all the corners and cuts I would have to navigate through and knew I needed help. I knew just who to ask: my father-in-law. He is a construction superintendent and his specialty is carpentry. Fortunately for me, he offered to help.
When people come to our house and see our flooring, I’m proud to be able to say that we did it ourselves. But the truth is, I didn’t do it myself. I had help. Full disclosure: my father-in-law had help. He was the true brains to the operation. I helped him; I can’t really take the credit. Nehemiah makes a similar statement about his massive wall rebuilding project.
Nehemiah 6:16 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.
This wall project was no joke! Nehemiah and his crew faced threats all the way through. And by threats, I don’t mean budget shortages. They were more like death threats. The wall was something that Nehemiah was charged to do by God, but he had some enemies. There were some yahoos who felt like they could stop the work of God’s people. And when it was all said in done, those enemies came to a startling realization: Nehemiah didn’t do this alone. They realized that God Himself had helped!
When people realize that they are picking a fight with God and not a man, they tend to “un-pick” the fight. That’s exactly what happened in Nehemiah’s case. His enemies lost confidence and got scared. “We surely can’t fight God successfully!” That is the beauty of this whole rebuilding project. Nehemiah got some professional help. Even though a king put HIM in charge, Nehemiah knew that GOD was really the one in charge.
How are you doing at life? How are you doing as a spouse? As a parent? As a boss or employee? Are you trying to manage life by yourself? So many of us try to do it all in our own wisdom and our own strength. C’mon now people… get some professional help! God knows so much better than we do. He is a better provider and protector than we’ll ever be. And when you do get that help from Him, people will notice.