who is great and awesome..."
Nehemiah 4:14 (in part).
I love how Nehemiah here reminded the people of God, not WHO they were, but WHO God is!
They were rebuilding the defensive walls around Jerusalem and were encountering a great deal of resistance from their enemies.
In our book study this week, the name of the LORD that is our focus is Adonay; in Hebrew it means Lord. Adonay describes a very important part of our relationship with our God, a relationship that we saw so vividly when Jesus Christ walked this earth...God is Lord, and we are His servants.
This is such a precious part of our relationship with God. A relationship of love, protection, belonging, and purpose. It is because of Who God is that this relationship is safe...we belong to Him.
Like the people of God during Nehemiah's time, there are "enemies" that want to stop our good work, however, instead of looking at those "enemies", or at ourselves, let follow the advice of Nehemiah, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, you wives and your homes."
Like our book study said today "Remember whose servant you are. Fight in His strength for your children, your marriage, you church" and you home.
Keep building those walls and know that the Lord is with you.
I wanted to tell you all about a wonderful post on parenting our hurting children over at Laura's blog. So go read it, even if you aren't having any struggles right now...it is wonderful.