By Karen Polich
Every one of us are rebuilders. Our lives weave in and out of rebuilding and restoration. At times the process seems to flow smoothly, then the reality of conflict sets in. Sometimes the conflict is internal, we struggle to move forward and see things through. Other times it comes from those around us; not wanting to see us succeed in restoring what has been lost. Wherever it comes from, distraction can lead to destruction if we aren’t ever mindful.
Many things that can distract us from the restoration that we set out to complete.
In reading Nehemiah 6, we learn that distractions came to Nehemiah during a critical time; the walls were complete, but the gates were not. His enemies tried to lure him away, they wanted him to be vulnerable. Nehemiah handled them with wisdom and focus, not allowing them to divert him from the goal. He realized that they were desperate.
Pastor Michael Cook gave us 4 points to remember when it comes to distractions during restoration.
- Your progress affects more than just you.
- Your derailment affects more than just you.
- What if God uses our spiritual growth as much for others as for ourselves?
- In the midst of restoration, one must discern God’s voice form the voice of the enemy.
Listen to Pastor Cook’s Restore series via podcast here.
Often fear sneaks up on us during our rebuilding efforts. Fear can hold us back from achieving the very thing we have been called to do. It shakes us, making us question ourselves until we can become paralyzed.
Nehemiah refused to let fear devastate him. If he had given into the fear, the outcome would not have been the same. We must seek God’s discernment. The seductive voice of this world can take us away from the significance of what God has called us to accomplish.
What I choose affects more than just me. How I journey through the struggle will impact others. I can choose to listen to God, fighting to see the results of my rebuilding efforts, or I can choose to see the results of my derailment. Rebuilding something is never easy, but perseverance is always better than quitting. God is constant and near, He will walk this journey with me and my heart will rejoice each time I can stop and say, “Yes, it is restored!”
Will you ask God for the discernment to follow through and finish today?