It’s not unusual to find people paralyzed by doubt. But with God’s help we can go beyond where we are to where we could be. And that means our doubt can get replaced with confidence and faith. Nehemiah led the people of Jerusalem in a rebuilding project that was met by what seemed like insurmountable odds. But the power of God and the persistence of His people moved a plan toward fulfillment. The same thing is happening in our church and can happen in your life too.
How would you define the word, doubt? In what ways are you most likely to doubt God? How do you overcome doubt?
Nehemiah’s building plan was brilliant. Read all of Nehemiah 3. What are some of your observations about how Nehemiah deployed people to work? What was the advantage of having people do construction work next to their own houses?
It’s obvious from Nehemiah 4 that the project was not immune to challenges. How do you reconcile feeling you are doing the will of God while at the same time suffering through obstacles?
Read Nehemiah 4:1-3. How were the Jews ridiculed? (compare 4:7-8, 11) Do you remember a time when you were singled out and made-fun-of? What was that like?
Notice Nehemiah’s prayer “against” his enemies (Neh. 4:4-5). How do you make sense of a prayer like this? Is this what Jesus had in mind when he told you to “pray for your enemies?”
What practical steps did Nehemiah take to insure the safety of the workers and the success of the project? Read Nehemiah 4:12-23. What is the connection between God’s power and human responsibility?
Can you think of a time when you worked persistently on a “God project” to the point of exhaustion? What “God project” is taking most of your energy right now?