Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

Nehemiah was used by God to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. The Babylonian Empire destroyed the Holy City and her walls in 586 B.C. The Nation of Israel had sinned against God, and Jehovah Himself allowed His land to be destroyed. However, God in His mercy, allowed the Jews to return back to their homeland after seventy years. The Lord raised up Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The enemies of the land made every attempt to stop the Jews from rebuilding. Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem, the main antagonists, sought a meeting with Nehemiah. We also have three main enemies; the world, our flesh, and the devil. Their intentions were to kill Nehemiah and stop the work. Our enemies also want to meet with us to kill us and  stop the work (John10:10).  We have Nehemiah’s response recorded for us in these verses. We too are doing a great work and the work must not stop. We are doing the King’s business. We are not building physical walls. We, on the other hand, are building the kingdom of God. We are building ourselves, our churches, and our  families back to the ways of God. We are strengthening fellow believers, and witnessing to those without Christ. We are doing a great work, and cannot compromise with the enemy. Nehemiah finished the wall in just fifty two days. We are building a life work that can be destroyed in fifty two seconds. We must not come down to meet with the enemy. Let us continue to build spiritual walls for the King of Kings. Consider your life a great work that must go on for the glory of God.


Abba, Father,

I purpose to finish what You have started in me. I refuse to come down to meet with the enemy. The work You gave me to do is a great work and must not be stopped. Let me never compromise with my flesh, the world, or the devil. In the name and power of Jesus I pray. Amen and Amen!