Reading: Nehemiah 4-6
Summary: Rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls, as great a task as it was, was only the beginning of Nehemiah’s good work. He also set out to right the wrongs of the powerful and wealthy taking advantage of the poor. For his efforts he was moved from an “unofficial” position of leadership to an official one, serving as the governor of Judah. From there he acted generously and justly.
I don’t know of anyone who gets as much done as they would like. There’s always more that could and/or should be done.
Why? Why are we so lousy at getting things done? That’s a loaded question and the answers are many, very many. Lazy, disorganized, unmotivated, busy-ness, overload, forgetfulness, etc., etc.
The list is potentially unending. Efficiency and productivity experts say that one of the biggest culprits is distractions. Our attention, and therefore our energies, are diverted from the task at hand. It will now take longer to accomplish whatever we’d been previously focused on and consequently robs the time that could have been given to the next important task.
Satan may be the father of lies, but he’s also the master of distraction. His success does not require our rejecting God’s work and righteous deeds, only that we be distracted.
Nehemiah’s sterling leadership is shown when his opponents invited him to a meeting in the plain of Ono. He said, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down” (Neh. 6:3). He refused to be distracted.
Failing God does not require our doing wrong; distraction from doing right will suffice.