Today we read in Nehemiah how the Israelites are rebuilding the wall even though the surrounding people are mocking them and threatening to come and undo the work of the Lord they are undertaking.
In Chapter 4, verse 17 we read:
Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. And each of the builders had his sword strapped to his side while he built.
This is a picture of our lives as Christians. Every day we should be seeking to do work in our lives to glorify God – whether it’s building relationships for sharing the gospel, teaching others about the Bible, working at our jobs in such a way that people see the light of Christ, helping those less fortunate than us, growing our families in the knowledge of the Lord, or serving at our church. But while we’re doing this work, Satan wants to come and undo it using any means he can. He’s always opposing us.
We have to be like the builders of the wall in Nehemiah 4. We have to build with one hand and be ready to fight off the Enemy with the other. We have to continue working for God, but at the same time always be prepared to stop Satan’s attacks.
Notice they had their swords strapped on while they were working. In Ephesians 6:17 Paul calls the word of God the “sword of the Spirit.” We should always have our sword (Scripture) ready to fight against Satan. This means we must be reading and studying daily to know everything that God gives us in his word.
It also means that we should memorize God’s word – especially promises he gives in Scripture to help us fight off the enemy. You might not always be able to carry around a Bible, but if it’s in your head you can always have your “sword strapped to your side while you build.”