So built we the wall, unto the half thereof, for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah 4:6
I went on a Teen Mission trip when I was 14. We memorized tons of verses that summer. Unfortunately, I remember very few of them. This is the one that really stuck and just comes randomly to my mind. It’s kind of a joke with a few dear friends, that this is the first verse that pops to my mind 9 times out of 10.
I have been trying to figure out why it stuck. And why I love it so much. I believe that every verse in the Bible is intentionally there because God himself put it there. So I needed to figure out why THIS verse is one He keeps bringing up to me.
We studied the feeding of the 5000 in church recently. I had never before thought about each of those verses in such depth. In my small group, I brought up that the disciples needed to trust Christ in order to walk out into the crowd with 5 loaves and 2 fish and believe that Christ could feed everyone with it. My small group leader then mentioned the verses about the disciples having all the people break up into groups of 50-100. Again, before Jesus multiplied the food.
Mark 6:39-40 “Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.”
I had never thought anything about these verses before. I just skimmed over them. As my teacher spoke, these verses came to life. It took great courage and trust for the disciples to break the people up and prepare them to eat, knowing how little they had to offer. They just followed Jesus’ directions, not knowing what He was going to do, but trusting He would do something.
How often are we faced a very similar situation? We have no idea how God is going to move to solve a problem we are up against. God wants us to be involved in His plan. So He asks us to take a step. And hopefully, we obey and get to work.
We take a step. We work together. We build a wall.
Then we have front row seats to witness His majesty and power.