Attend Upon the Lord Without Distraction

By Sandra Hicks

(See I Corinthians 7:35)


why should the work cease whilst I leave it and come down to you? (See Nehemiah 6:3)

I must be about my Father’s business? (See Luke 2:49)

The Lord bids us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8)

The book of Nehemiah relates how Nehemiah committed to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. He secured the aid of others, and they proceeded to be about God’s business. The rebuilding project had at least two core foes, Sanballat, and Tobiah. They used various means in their demand to halt the development, and progress of the plan. They laughed at, and mocked Nehemiah, and his men. Lies were told, schemes were hatched, death threats were made, letters were written, lures were attempted – all this they did in their rabid efforts to stop God’s work.

What valuable lessons to be learned from the story of Nehemiah. Unquestionably, he gives an impressive example of attending unto the Lord without distraction. Nehemiah’s soul was anchored on what God had commissioned him to do. Though the conflict was fierce, it was no match for the faithful servant of God who relied on sovereign assistance to ace the destined assignment. Nehemiah, the man of God, purposed to dismiss any obstruction opposed to the divine mission. He defeated all that was arranged against it.

What counts as so remarkable in this biblical book is the righteous perseverance of Nehemiah. He sought God’s help steadfastly, and continually through supplicant prayer. He refused to allow himself to become distracted, or kept from the completion of the task. Every time the resistance came against the work, Nehemiah had an answer, a strategy, a method to overcome the plans of the enemies. He and his people would not be deterred. They tenaciously clung to God, and the wall was rebuilt. Wise communion with the Lord enabled them to conquer through natural labor, and the skillful use of spiritual warfare.

The evil sources sought to annihilate instead our Lord rendered to them a crushing defeat. Again, God supplied proof that “I am the Lord.” (See Leviticus 19:12)

Sandra Renee Hicks

P.O. Box 1210

Washington, DC 20013

August 8, 2008

My name is Sandra Renee Hicks. I am a native Washingtonian who currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The Lord made me aware of my writing talent more than 20 years ago. I have been published in magazines, newspapers, and also on the Internet. Primarily I write essays, and poetry.


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