Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.
From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. (Nehemiah 4:13-18)
(39/365 days of Fear Not)
A God-given purpose or dream does not insulate you from trouble or from naysayers or from opposition.
Would that it were so, that working with God to fulfill your calling would keep you from opposition, but it’s the very thing that attracts it. When you’re about the business of partnering with God to bring forth His vision and His kingdom in this world, you’re going to have difficulties.
Scripture is filled with this truth. Consider Moses, David, Esther, Jeremiah, Job, Nehemiah, Peter, Paul.
God’s word tells us that if we are adopted into His family, we take on as much of Jesus’ struggle and suffering as His glorious inheritance.
Sometimes, that may mean working on your God-given dream while defending your efforts along the way.
Consider what Nehemiah describes after he tells those working on rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem not to be afraid and to focus on how great and awesome is the Lord and fight for your families. Nehemiah describes how those who carried materials worked with one hand and held a weapon in the other. And there were others whose job it was to stand guard while others worked on the wall.
You cannot expect anything less as you fight for your dream.
And you, too, will need a tribe to fight with you and for you and encourage you as you live out your God-given dream and purpose and as you build that dream one brick at a time.
Not only do God-given dreams require God and His provision, they rely on community. They need a tribe for support and protection, a safe haven.
Have you built a community around you and your God-give dream?
Have you invited others into your God-given purpose?
Don’t miss how important it is to have people to help you along the way. God gave us that example Himself when He sent Jesus into our world and surrounded Him with 12 disciples.
Gather your tribe and build your God-given dream. Together.