the Power of process
Vision starts with what God places on our heart and is then is outworked on the on the front line of day to day obedience. We love the idea, and the stories of the overnight sensation, success, celebrity coming out of no-where. We read in Nehemiah 6v15 about the outcome, the victory. The enemy lost self-confidence, and the wall was finished, Nehemiah and the people are wonderfully vindicated. As people we are often looking for a formula so we might emulate their outcome. So we might ask Nehemiah, what was the key single most important event? Was there a magic moment or turning point? He would answer emphatically no. There wasn't some switch we threw, or a single moment where we stumbled upon a new key strategy. Rather the out come was the simple result of we Continued, (4v21) and when it got really tough we continued with spears. We remained focused upon the goal.
God loves process, there is incredible power in just continuing in simplicity, faithfulness, and diligence. Process is our gift to Him, its how we express moment by moment trust. Process is about focusing on the right things, with clarity, desciding upon what starts and what stops. Process and steady steps create momentum.
Nehemiah remained Obedient despite opposition. In the face of accusation 6v7 Let’s confer together. Here the enemy presents himself as a rescuer.“let’s talk about your motivation” Attacks strength and emotional health through accusation. 6v9. Being frightened is greatest threat to the completion of the work.
We are called to endure because we have a promise. Nehemiah resisted distraction and accusation, and threat in order that the work might be completed. 6v9 Don’t talk yourself out of what God wants to give. God says to us I need you to fight the good fight of faith with me. When God speaks He affirms/confirms and imparts strength.