When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall. 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. Then our God will fight for us!” We worked early and late, from sunrise to sunset. And half the men were always on guard. I also told everyone living outside the walls to stay in Jerusalem. That way they and their servants could help with guard duty at night and work during the day. During this time, none of us—not I, nor my relatives, nor my servants, nor the guards who were with me—ever took off our clothes. We carried our weapons with us at all times, even when we went for water. (Nehemiah 4:15-23 NLT)
Imagine being so consumed by your project, mission or calling that you never changed clothes or took a bath!! Crazy obsessed right? As Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem he faced all kinds of opposition. Every time that the attacks came, he prayed. And God gave him a strategy to win. His people had a brick in one hand and a weapon in the other. They were alert, enthusiastic and determined to finish the project! Whenever the trumpet sounded, they all came together.
The trumpet is sounding today. We could all learn something from Nehemiah and his obsession with completing the wall. Repairing the cracks in our life should be a priority. Asking God how to do that is a must. Having to build and fight at the same time may be required of us too. Be enthusiastic. Keep the faith and don't doubt. And one more thing, skip verse 23... Change your clothes, drink plenty of water and take a bath...daily!
Have an amazing and blessed weekend!