October 13, 2021 Bruce Reynolds

Stubborn

Stubborn

When you hear the word stubborn what comes to mind? Better yet, who comes to mind? The idea of being stubborn seems to have taken on a negative connotation and I’m not sure it is warranted. In fact, in this blog, I would challenge that as followers of Jesus we need to get more stubborn. For many of us that may be good news. Don’t get too excited yet. The mentality of stubbornness is only good if the purpose for which we are being stubborn is good.

There are some things that we should not give up on. Don’t tell anyone, but I can get stubborn from time to time. The challenge for me, and I suppose for all of us, is to get stubborn about the right things. Let us be reminded that the Lord has given every follower of Jesus a great assignment. This is to be the focal point of our lives. Now some assignments are temporary, while others are lifelong assignments. In either case, we have to be careful that our eyes are not taken off the goal of our assignment. In other words, we must be stubborn.

Nehemiah had been given a huge task by the Lord. To rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. To prepare the city for the return of the exiles. If you remember there was a group of people that were not real excited about such a project. They wanted to halt it to the point they were willing to put a halt to Nehemiah himself. Nehemiah had to stay stubborn. In chapter six the bad guys tried to get Nehemiah to stop working on the wall by asking him to come to a “very special meeting.” But Nehemiah knew what they were up to. Since the bad guys could not convince Nehemiah to stop, they would stop him permanently. Nehemiah had to be stubborn. Check out his reply in chapter six verse 3, “So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?"

Nehemiah understood and where I think many followers of Jesus fail is that he knew his purpose and that he was a part of a “great work.” Family, have you forgotten that you are called to a great work? Nehemiah understood that this had to be accomplished so that lives would be saved. We have all been called to draw people to Jesus that they too may be saved. The enemy is always beckoning you to come off the wall and to forget about the work that needs to be done, but I challenge you to be stubborn.

Don’t you dare come off the wall. Don’t you dare listen to the voices of the evil one that beckons you to stop. I get there are times when the battle is real, and you do not know how you can continue. That is when you dig deep and get stubborn and you pray as Nehemiah in 6:9, For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, "they will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done." But now, O God, strengthen my hands.

Let that be our prayer, O God, strengthen our hands and help us to be stubborn. We will not come off the wall. We will finish that which the Lord has given us.