Nehemiah 2:20, “Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.”
This is Nehemiah’s response to those that are laughing and mocking him about the process of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah explained that they were doing a work for God and that He would make them prosper.
When doing a work for the Lord, we must realize that it is not us that makes something great happen. God may use us to do something great for Him, but it is ultimately God that makes it happen. Psalm 127:1 states, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” We must never take the credit.” Everything we are and have comes from God, so God should deserve all the credit.
Remember that when we do God’s work, we must do it God’s way. If we do it our own way, God will not bless us. There’s examples in the Bible where this is seen. King Saul made a sacrifice to the Lord, but that was Samuel’s responsibility. Saul lost the throne as a result. Another example is those that tried to transport the Ark of God on a cart. They were taking it where it needed to go (good,) but they didn’t do it the right way (bad.) Consequently, Uzzah was struck dead for touching it when the cart was unstable.
The main thought is that when we do God’s work God’s way, it is God that will prosper us!