In this chapter Nehemiah describes a crucial time in the rebuilding of the wall where it seemed like everything was on the verge of collapse. The people of Jerusalem were surrounded by enemies who constantly mocked them and plotted against their progress. The project itself was massive and laden with difficulties. So much so that people had begun to lose heart and think of giving up and going back home. (v. 10, 12) It was a real crisis. We often reach this point when God has called us to a rebuilding work. The forces against us appear as though they will never relent and our own strength and hope seem to be in ever-shrinking supply. Nehemiah's response is instructive for us. He formed a practical plan to address the greatest threats to his work while constantly encouraging the people to remember Who it was who had called them to the work to begin with: “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight…" (v. 14) Remember the Lord and fight. Do what you can do and trust the Lord in all that you do. When enemies are strong and there is a lot of rubble to get through this is a rallying cry that we need to remember.