A Work Wrought of God


Nehemiah 6:16 “And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.”

Ezra and Nehemiah were both contemporaries. Both of their works were going on at the same time. While Ezra was rebuilding the temple, Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall. The fact that both great works were done at the same time shows the power of God. I believe that is why it says, “…for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.” There was no mistake that these two great works could be accomplished simultaneously with the great opposition they faced without God.

Let me remind you that no great spiritual work will be done without God. It always takes God to do a great work. One thing you must always remember that when God is doing the work, it doesn't matter how much opposition comes, the work will be great, and the work will be accomplished. However, when I look at these two great works, there are several characteristics they both had that it takes for a work to be wrought of God. Let me share these characteristics with you.

First, it is a great work. Nehemiah said of his work in Nehemiah 6:3, “I am doing a great work.” God will never do a great work through an individual who doesn't think that the work they do for Him is great. When a work is great, there is nothing of more significant importance than that work. God will begin to work through you when you consider His work the greatest work you can do.

Second, it must be a work of faith. It says about the people in Ezra 3:8 that they “set forward the work of the house of the LORD.” There is no great work for God unless it is a work of faith. God honors faith, and when a person sets out to do works of faith, they will grab God’s attention, and He will begin to work through them. If you want God to do some great work through you and be comfortable at the same time, you will be waiting for that great work for the rest of your life. You can't be comfortable and do a great work of faith at the same time because faith takes you out of your comfort zone.

Third, it must be a prospering work. It says in Ezra 5:8 that the work “prospereth in their hands.” God doesn't work through people who are satisfied with the status quo; He works through people who expect what they do to prosper. In other words, if you want God to work through you, you must have a growth mindset that you are gaining from your work. If it doesn't bother you that you are the same today that you were yesterday, you will never find God doing a great work through you. You must have a growing and prospering mindset for God to work through you.

Fourth, it must be a work that “goeth on.” Ezra and Nehemiah continued on despite opposition. You must have a determination that nothing is going to stop you as you work for the LORD. You must have a mindset that you will figure out a way to continue despite the opposition if you are going to see God do a work through you.

Fifth, it must be a strengthening work. Ezra 6:22 says that this work was to “strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God.” Don't make the work about yourself, but make your work about helping others, and you will get God to do a great work through you.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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