Athlete, Have Confidence in God
Nehemiah 6:16 (NIV)
When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.
During the time of Nehemiah, the people of Israel returned to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. They are ridiculed and insulted for trying to finish this work in a short period of time. Additionally, they are physically attacked so much so that they build with a tool in one hand and a weapon in the other.
But against all odds, the people are able to repair the wall around God’s chosen city. They are able to do this enormous task with God’s help.
The repair occurs with such an extraordinary speed that all the people around can see God’s hand in the accomplishment. The people who doubt, taunt and harass the Israelites see how God is at work in the rebuilding of the wall.
Here’s the thing: The people of Israel listened to God. The reason they have confidence and the reason we also can have confidence is because our ears are open to the things God speaks to us.
We check in with the Holy Spirit to help guide us so we can grow into the people God wants us to become. We can be confident because the work He wants us to do, no matter how impossible it might seem at times (and believe me I’ve been there), is possible through Him.
How do we gain this confidence? We spend time with God. Maybe every morning you spend time in God’s Word. Or possibly you listen to Christian worship music while in the car heading to class.
Developing a good daily devotional habit is a good start, too. Getting to know God will bring confidence in what He is speaking to you.
But, the most important thing? People will see God in what we’re doing. As we overcome impossible odds, people can see God at work in our lives.
So when you are facing something difficult, have confidence in God and don’t be afraid to share with others the work He is doing in you and through your life.