So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.

Nehemiah 6:15–16

Imagine if your country’s capital city laid in ruins for over 100 years. How would that feel?

  • Would you feel secure?
  • Would you feel proud?
  • Would you feel confident?

Not even close. You’d feel exactly the opposite. However, if your capital was rebuilt and re-established, everything would change.

In, Nehemiah 6:15, that’s exactly what happened for Israel. But here’s what struck me most…

What was broken for over 100 years was restored in just 52 days. That’s 36,500+ days of destruction, embarrassment, and fear turned around in 0.001% of that time!

On a grand scale, Nehemiah 6:15 shows us what happens when a leader (Nehemiah) takes action on a God-given vision and God’s people (Israelites) join in.

What if we reverse engineer this panoramic view and apply it to our lives?

Has God called you to something that you’ve been putting off? Or maybe it seems so big that you delay taking action because you don’t feel ready yet?

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Here’s what we know. God has plans for us that don’t prioritize our comfort. Instead, his plans prioritize saving the world.

God has plans for us that don't prioritize our comfort. Instead, his plans prioritize saving the world.

Remember Jesus’ words in Mark 10:45:

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

What if the thing you’ve been delaying for years could be accomplished in days?

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Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis, author of two bestselling books Today We Win and The Men With Bare Feet, host of The Bible Better Podcast, and editor of Short Daily Devotions.