“Strengthen My Hands”
“Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands (Nehemiah 6:9, NKJV).”
All that I am and all that I will ever be is because of God’s love, grace and mercy that is unfathomable towards me. He is my strength and he directs me on this overwhelming journey of life. I understand without reservation that “God is my refuge and strength a very present help in the time of trouble” (Psalms 46:1, NKJV) and if I try to attempt anything in life without consulting with him first for wisdom, knowledge, discernment and direction, I am susceptible to a great fall and devastation (Proverbs 16:18, NKJV). So, I have resolved in my life that God is my orchestrator, God is my shield and God is my help. It is not my education, it is not the money in my banking account, it is not my family nor my friends, God is my source in life. He is the reason why I live, move and have my being (Acts 17:28, NKJV).
As we take a look at Nehemiah the sixth chapter, Nehemiah adopted this same mentality. He understood the sovereignty of God and he understood his need for God to direct him in all phases of his life. For instance, when Nehemiah and the people of God were rebuilding the wall and they found themselves being ridiculed, threatened and harassed by the enemy (refer to Nehemiah chapter four), Nehemiah knew the value of prayer and talking to the Lord i.e. “Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands (Nehemiah 6:9, NKJV).” Nehemiah knew in order for him to be successful and build despite opposing forces, the only way it could be done is through Godly intervention and every person associated with the building working together.
Nehemiah and the people had the challenge of rebuilding the wall with limited materials (reference Nehemiah chapter four). If they would have looked to themselves, listened to the threats and negativity of others, then they would have ceased their efforts but they did not. I believe in order for us to overcome adversities and trials of life, it takes incongruous trust and faith in God to continue to move forward despite what we don’t have and it also gives God the opportunity to show himself strong on our behalf.
Nehemiah, although he worked and had people working around him, He needed help from the Lord. We as people need also to recognize our need for God. Yes, we may have money, connections and otherwise but, nothing will happen unless God moves in the mist of things for us. Nehemiah in the mist of all that he encountered asked the Lord to help him. When I think of this I believe what he was asking God to do was empower him to do what he couldn’t do within his own strength. When we have God as our guide and spearheading every direction of our lives, I don’t care what adversities that we may encounter, what limitations, what hindrances or otherwise, God will help us to overcome and be victorious in the process.
I don’t know about you but I need God to strengthen my hands. I need God to lead me in all things, show me the way, give me wisdom, understanding and direction in life. I know with his help I am assured victory in the end. I implore you again in all things talk to the Lord in prayer. For in conversation with the Lord, you will receive clear guidance and instruction for life. It is very risky thinking that we as human beings with our “finiteness,” knows what is best for ourselves other than the omniscient and infinite God. As you ask him to “strengthen your hands,” trust that he knows what is best and is leading you to where he would have for you to go which is far better than what you can fathom as a human being. And, always remember no matter what that “all things work together for good, to them that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, NKJV).”