Nehemiah 4:6 – So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. (NKJV)
Ever notice that you can have a crowd around you and yet accomplish nothing if people don't have their "mind-set" right? Have you asked your kids to give you a hand in the garage and then wound up sending them off because they were really no help at all? Have you consulted your spouse for advice on a project only to have less than full input because they just were not "into it"?
Well, the wall in the book of Nehemiah was in complete disrepair. Nehemiah knew it would take a lot of work, combined effort, and whole-hearted enthusiasm to accomplish the rebuilding. He had to do something to stir the people into working.
Throughout the first six chapters of this book, we can read the remarkable account of a man devoted to inspiring his workers. What a lesson we can learn from this! He had hundreds of people at his disposal, but they would have proven useless without the "will to work".
Sometimes there is a task ahead of us and we seek God and His direction, knowing it is His plan to bring it to pass. But, do we have a "mind to work"? Are we willing to put our all into the completion of this thing? As we pray, let us ask God for that inspiration to fulfill the work that lies ahead for us.
Prayer: Lord, you see the size of the task ahead. You know the skills it will require, the effort it will take, and the time it will consume. Stir in each of us the "will" to be a worker in this endeavour for You. Keep our minds set on the completion, and our eyes on the goal. Help us not be "weary in well doing", but to put all our energies and inspiration into seeing this through. Amen.