God Raised No Fools

           Sometimes people try to put things over on you. Almost every time I took my car to get my oil changed, the auto mechanic would try to sell me a new air filter. Once I reminded him that I had a husband who would look into that for me, he stopped pushing the filter and simply changed the oil like I requested. It seems like he was willing to dupe a woman, but knew better than to try to trick a man. In that and other cases when someone is trying to pull the wool over my eyes, I think back to common sense lessons my mother taught me and remind myself, “My momma didn’t raise no fool.”

           Nehemiah must have thought the same kind of thing referring to God while he and the returned remnant were rebuilding the walls ofJerusalem. Nehemiah tells us, “Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night” Nehemiah 4:7-9 (NKJ).

           You see, Nehemiah and those working with him didn’t just stand around bemoaning the fact that their enemies were dead set on coming against them. That would have been foolish. Instead, they prepared themselves to defend themselves. Nehemiah encouraged the people by telling them, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses” (verse 14).

          What happened next was a move any parent would have been proud to see his child make. “And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house ofJudah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me” (verses 15-18).

           Yes, God is “great and awesome,” but His power is not diminished in the least when we stand our ground. In fact, He’s the One who gives us the backbone to be able to do just that. So the next time someone is threatening you or trying to pull a fast one on you, hearken back to the story of Nehemiah and the workers on the wall. Say to yourself, “God didn’t raise no fool.” Call out the plot, prepare to defend yourself if necessary, and keep on working for the kingdom—building your wall.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on July 31, 2011.

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