First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi worked his whole life to find freedom for his people. Colonization was alive and well in India. The British were prospering from it and had no intentions of giving up this colony. Gandhi had a different vision, plan and goal.
This quote encapsulates the journey that Gandhi undertook in a very brief manner. It doesn’t talk about the hardships and pain, the long distances he traveled, the time away from family, the years in struggle nor the turmoil of leadership. Gandhi had the privilege of describing the struggle through the hindsight of victory.
History tells us that every important goal occurs with struggle and pain. Without struggle there is never an appreciation for what is received. In Nehemiah 4 we find all of Israel working to make their dream come true. The dream of a restored and protected Jerusalem.
In the timeline that Gandhi leaves us in this quote, we find that Jerusalem had been ignored, laughed at and now the enemy is starting the fight. This week we will see how Nehemiah encouraged the people through this hardship, and ultimately we will see how God fought for His people.
Maybe you have been ignored. Maybe you have been laughed at. Maybe people are fighting against you. Know that God has fought for you, God is fighting for you now and God will give you the victory!
This week, let us come together in Jesus’ name and learn from the story of Nehemiah how God will grant us the victory. Do you want this victory in your life? I do. Let us join with Jesus and enjoy the victory with Him.
Grace and Peace,