Thursday, February 25, 2021


Bible Reading: Nehemiah 4:1-11

Key Verse: Verses 2 & 6 - "And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?” (vs 2) “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.” (vs 6)

Key Words: What do these feeble Jews? … So built we the wall

It is no secret to some that Nehemiah is one of my favorite Bible characters. There are several reasons as to why he is one of my favorite. One of those reasons is that he seldom let others know how much they frustrated him.

We all are frustrated from time to time by the actions or lack of action from others. The problem is many times the actions of others is done intentionally to frustrate us. There is an old saying that goes, “Never let them see you sweat.”

The key to stopping people from intentionally frustrating you is to never let them know they are succeeding! If they know they are getting to you, they’ll never stop.

It is said of one of the famous composers that he had a rebellious son who used to come in late at night after his father and mother had gone to bed. And before going to his own room, he would go to his father's piano and slowly, as well as loudly, play a simple scale, all but the final note. Then leaving the scale uncompleted, he would retire to his room. Meanwhile the father, hearing the scale minus the final note, would writhe on his bed, his mind unable to relax because the scale was unresolved. Finally, in consternation, he would stumble down the stairs and hit the previously unstruck note. Only then would his mind surrender to sleep once again.

Now, who was winning the battle of the minds? Pray for those who are your heavenly sandpaper and keep on keeping on for God. Make God the focus of your life; and remember, never let them see you sweat.

What to do:

✞ Don’t attempt to get even. This makes their game of frustration more fun.

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