I Cannot Come Down

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Things were moving along very well in Jerusalem.  The walls were now rebuilt, and only the doors and the gates were lacking.  Nehemiah had succeeded in leading a massive effort to build as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Despite the odds and all the impediments that had stood in his way, the man of God had persevered and the walls were in place.  Then one day, Nehemiah received a message asking him to attend a meeting with two men, Sanballat and Geshem.  They wanted to meet with him in a village in the plain Ono, but Nehemiah rightly perceived their strategy as one of compromise.  His answer is one we would do well to remember.  In Nehemiah 6:3, he replies, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?”  No one would have found fault if Nehemiah would have stopped at this point of the project.  After all, someone else might pick up the task.  And, he had certainly done a marvelous work up to that point.  But Nehemiah rightly judged the danger in ceasing to complete the task that God had given him to do.  Doing more than someone else, or doing more than ever before in our own experience does not qualify the task as complete.  God’s revival is an ever-growing one.  We need the same depth of commitment that Nehemiah felt, because for him the work was not finished.  When will our work really be finished?  Perhaps it might be a good idea to remember the proposed meeting place with Sanballat and Geshem—in fact, it should become our reply when offered what might be called a good-looking compromise: let’s just say, “Oh no!”

About Jim Poitras

Enlisiting, educating, equipping, empowering, and encouraging members, ministers, and missionaries in apostolic global missions. Director of Education/AIM