Do you struggle with distractions? Do you wonder how to better deal with distractions while working on your projects and pursuing your dreams? We can learn a lot of valuable lessons on overcoming distractions from Nehemiah – an example of single-mindedness, dedication, and focus.
Recently, I have started several projects in pursuit of the vision God has implanted in me. These are projects venturing into a new territory requiring my full concentration, discipline, and focus.
In the beginning, I felt overwhelmed and was praying for wisdom, power, and success asking the Lord to give me a red line, a guiding principle to get me through. So many things demand my attention daily. I have found enormous help and powerful strategies in overcoming distractions in the Book of Nehemiah.
There Will Be Opposition
Nehemiah was a great leader and man of faith who initiated and supervised the rebuilding of Jerusalem during the 2nd Temple period. And most of all he was a person knowing how to deflect the attempts of the enemy to distract him and sabotage his work.
The first truth to acknowledge is that there will be always opposition to our ministries and to our growth (Nehemiah 4, Nehemiah 6). It is unavoidable.
This opposition can take different forms – ridicule, reproach, intimidation, criticism, distraction, attempts to discredit us, lessening the effect of our testimony, and work. All these forms have one overall aim – to make us stop and not accomplish the work we have been given, to distract us and divert us from what is important.The main goal of the enemy is to make us stop and not accomplish the work we have been given, to distract us and divert us. #distraction #opposition #BibleStudy #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
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Our Work Is Important
It will help us a lot in overcoming distractions if we acknowledge how extensive and great the work God has assigned to us, is. Listen to Nehemiah’s response to the attempts of his enemies to distract him and let him leave his work:
“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?“ (Nehemiah 6:3)
Our work in serving God in the manifold ways He has assigned to us and being His co-workers and partners in advancing His kingdom on earth is a great project and top priority.
In every season in life, we have specific assignments and a part in the awesome business of restoration and re-building of human hearts and relationships. We are more prone to distraction when we make other activities more important than this.
Our Work Is Extensive
„The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:19)
Our work, our ministries are not a single-man show. We need each other to succeed. We need people in our lives to support us with their knowledge, mentoring, counsel, encouragement, and prayer.
Every one of us has been assigned a small portion of the wall to rebuild, but there are people working beside us, behind us, and in front of us. Let’s ask for support and let be ready to give support when we hear somebody calling for help.
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How to Finish Successfully by Overcoming Distractions
Nehemiah is a great example showing us how to carry out the big projects God gives us without distractions. Here are his principles and procedures to carry out successfully the assigned work:
- Working with all our hearts. (Nehemiah 4:6) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.“ (Colossians 3:23-24)
- Working and being alert in prayer, dressed in the full armor of God. “and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. “ (Nehemiah 4:18) Nehemiah met every attempt of the enemy to distract him from his work praying to God. His connection to God was his strongest weapon.
- Trusting that God is fighting for us and making us succeed. “The God of heaven will give us success. We, his servants will start rebuilding…” (Nehemiah 2:20)
- Trusting that God is thwarting the plans of the enemies. “When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work. “ (Nehemiah 4:15)
- Ignoring the enemy’s attempts to distract us. “Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer. “ (Nehemiah 6:4) The enemy is persistent and God is training us also to be persistent in staying the course and keeping the focus.
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The Work Is Completed
The greatest encouragement from the Book of Nehemiah is that he started, and he was able to finish the great project of rebuilding Jerusalem in 52 days! (Nehemiah 6:15)
God was the initiator of the project and his greatest helper and supporter. He blessed his efforts and dedication bringing his labor to completion.
Let’s follow this inspiring example and run the race, each of us in his lane, overcoming distractions and everything that hinders us on the way.
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16 Replies to “Overcoming Distractions – Lessons from Nehemiah”
I love Nehemiah. Even though his circumstances were so different from ours, how he responded is so relatable and exemplary.
Thanks, Barbara! Nehemiah is one of my favorite Bible heroes too. There is so much we can learn from him!
We can trust God to do His part in every job He has assigned us. And we can show this trust by pushing through distractions to do our part. Thanks for this encouragement. Many blessings to you!
Thanks, Boma! So true – we need to do our part staying focused and trusting God all the way through.
lovely reflections on Nehemiah and his vision
Thank you for your kind words, Beth!
This is just what I needed today, Hadassah! All too often I doubt the importance of my work—but all work we do for God is great, no matter how mundane or magnificent. Thank you for reminding me!
Anita, I am very happy that I could encourage you today, friend!
Amen! I am definitely feeling the attacks from the enemy as I attempt to write a book that God called me to do 2 years ago. The assault has been relentless, but it has also pulled me toward God’s presence, which is exactly where I need to be to accomplish the task at hand.
I love your perspective – seeing the opposition as an instrument to propel you towards God’s presence and power! Keep pressing, friend!
Right now, in this deep crisis, where so many urgent projects with a high workload need to be finish to rebuild the economy, Nehemiah’s example shall guide people all over the wold. Thx for sharing.
This is a great insight, Thomas! Thank you so much!
The most helpful lesson I learned from Nehemiah is his commitment to do what it takes to set his people free. Personally I have noticed that I am likely to be distracted when my heart is somewhere else, but like you say working with our hearts is a great strategy. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for sharing this! Nehemiah is truly a great example of a servant, intercessor, leader, and restorer. There are so many valuable lessons we can learn from him and his ministry. You are right – it all starts and ends with our hearts!
Nehemiah is so inspiring! My biggest hurdle is putting the important things first rather than letting lesser things crowd out the bigger ones.
Yes, I love the book of Nehemiah, and Ezra too! Me too – I often start my day with not so important things… But I am learning to order my day according to the principle “first things first”.