“I am doing a great work and I cannot come down…” (Nehemiah 6:3b)
Have you ever found in your life that the urgent has a tendency to push out the important? It never ceases to amaze me how, when I’m doing something important, someone or something tries to get in the way and stop me from accomplishing the task. Even in the last several weeks, I’ve had some very important things on my plate that need my attention, but other urgent needs arise, and there’s a temptation to allow the urgent to keep us from doing what’s truly important.
Nehemiah’s experience wasn’t much different from ours as he was working to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. He had an incredibly important task to accomplish (a God-given task, at that), but he was approached time and time again by his enemies wanting to speak with him and keep him from focusing on what was most important. What’s remarkable about Nehemiah was that, rather than being diplomatic and feeling the need to indulge their requests, he simply responded, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.”
Nehemiah understood that what he was doing was of more importance than what others wanted him to do.
He needed to finish what God had led him to start, and he wasn’t going to allow anything to get in the way of that happening. What good work has God called you to do? Have you found yourself easily distracted? Will you be as bold as Nehemiah and claim “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down?”
Father, I cannot believe how easy it is to get sidetracked from the important things in life. Whether it’s spending time with family, being disciplined in my devotional life, or of the other important things You’ve led me to, there is always a myriad of press, urgent things that vie for my attention. Give me the same boldness as Nehemiah to say “no” to those things, and let me seek, instead, to give my time only to the most important things You desire for me to do.