Nehemiah: Avoiding the Enemy’s Pitfalls

Nehemiah 6:1-19

What’s your favorite Olympic sport to watch? Any votes for the steeple chase? That’s probably one of the lesser-known events. The steeple chase is a nearly-two-mile race over various obstacles, including water-filled pits. In some ways, the steeple chase reminds me of life itself. Hebrews 12:1-2 picture the Christian life as a race that we are to run with our eyes fixed on Jesus. But, it’s not always an easy race. There are obstacles and pitfalls along the way. How are we to navigate the steeple chase of the Christian life without getting sidetracked or waylaid? In Nehemiah 6, we see that God’s chosen leader in Jerusalem had to get over several pitfalls. There’s so much to learn from this chapter, especially as we reflect on Jesus Christ who successfully completed his difficult race on our behalf.