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Stop Running Scared


Nehemiah 6

At some point, we have all been intimidated. Maybe it was a boss, an older sibling, or a mean teacher. When faced with a menacing figure, often our first instinct is to run scared — avoiding the boss’s phone calls, hiding out at a friend’s house, or skipping that class.​

When life gets tough, we don’t just run scared physically. We run scared spiritually. How often have we thrown hands up and told God we need a miracle? There is nothing wrong with asking for a miracle. It is good to ask God for help (Matthew 7:7). But asking God for help doesn’t mean we don’t still have work to do or next steps to take. God works through people who work.

In Nehemiah 6, Nehemiah’s enemies use menacing letters to discourage him from rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. If Nehemiah was running scared, he would have asked God to remove the critics. Instead, Nehemiah asks God to strengthen his hands. Nehemiah understood that with God the natural becomes supernatural.

We all have something in our life that scares us. It may be a rocky relationship, an unexpected illness, or fledgling finances. God can work all these things together for our good. But He often chooses to work in us and through us in to bring about that good. Like Nehemiah, we can overcome our fears by asking God for strength and continuing to take next steps through it all.


  • What’s one circumstance you’re facing right now that you need to ask God for help with?
  • Is there a next step you are having difficulty taking?
  • How can you find strength in Jesus to take your next step despite your circumstances?


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