Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart. Proverbs 26:22 (NLT)
Ever experienced a wrecking due to rumors? Contrary to the popular saying that “sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt” I’ve found that words very much DO hurt! Oftentimes the damage done to one’s heart by words can far out last that of any broken bone! Rumors are gonna roll so how do we avoid being rolled over by them?
Riotous rumors don’t roll down the road of Truth. We avoid being rolled over by rumors trekking on the trail of Truth. We find nasty rumors swirling around Nehemiah as the enemy tries to persuade him off the trail of Truth. Nehemiah 6:2 finds the enemy inviting him to meet in the valley of Ono to have a “discussion”.
Nehemiah was a wise one and knew that if your enemy invites you down to a valley you don’t go… especially if it’s called Ono (Oh-no)! The enemy is always only trying to pull us down, to which our response should be a loud, “Oh-no you don’t!!”
Everlasting joy is found walking in the resurrection power of the Champion of heaven.
Walking in relationship with his God, Nehemiah goes from knowing he is on a GOOD work (Neh. 2:18), to declaring to his enemies he has no time for them because he is engaged in a GREAT work (Neh. 6:3)! His vision of himself and his purpose grew in Truth as Nehemiah walked with God through chapters 2,3,4,5 and 6! Trekking on the trail of Truth will always lead to a greater sense of purpose.
The enemy was relentless in pursuing Nehemiah and after 4 failed attempts to distract him they sent a letter filled with accusatory lies (New. 6:4-7). Yet Nehemiah is rock solidly rooted in God’s validation of himself and his purpose. Nehemiah 6:8-9 (NLT) I replied, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” They are just trying to intimidate us, imagining they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.
WOW! Nehemiah heard the rumors rolling all around him and yet he was able to respond with “even greater determination”! You won’t have to cope through the lies when you float your hope on the One who rose from death to life. You have been given great and precious promises that enable you to escape the corruption of this world (2 Peter 1:4) but we must choose, like Nehemiah, to walk in them! We must allow them to frame our purpose, our validation, our worth and just who our Victorious God is! He is the Lamb that was slain and the Lion that has overcome!!
Nehemiah persevered and finished the work God had given him to accomplish just 52 days after beginning! When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:16 (NLT) In our weakness God’s strength is overcoming. Often what feels like weakness within us, appears as strength to others when we step out, faithfully trusting our God.
The people of Nehemiah’s day recognized that God’s mighty hand had been at work fighting for Nehemiah! Who might catch a glimpse of His mighty hand because you choose to continue with greater determination through a rumor filled wreckage (or any other trial)?
When fiery trials hit the faithful they refine them, they do not define them, nor destroy them.You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20 (NIV)
Trek on dear one, you were made to triumph in Truth not wreck in the rumors.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NIV)