Today’s Scripture: Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders. So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah 4:4-6

Let me pose a deep theological question to you today: Do you suppose God could have rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem all on His own? Well of course He could. If He could speak the universe, all of the planets, stars, and galaxies into existence with just a word, surely a stone wall would be nothing for Him.

So why doesn’t God work that way? Because He expects us to do what we can. We should still pray hard, but then when we are finished praying, we should get up and get to work.

Nehemiah prayed for God’s protection on His people and for vengeance on their enemies. Their enemies were doing everything they could to prevent the building of the wall. Nehemiah prayed, and then, “…so built we the wall…for the people had a mind to work.” (Nehemiah 4:6) They prayed, asked God for help, and then got back to work.

One of the hallmarks of Dayspring Bible College & Seminary is that our students work. Most of our students graduate without a school bill, but nobody gets a free ride through college. The ministry is hard work, so why not teach our students to work hard now? Our philosophy has always been this way because our Founder and Chancellor, Dr. James Scudder, Sr., worked 60-80-hour weeks and went to school. We tell our students, “If he can do it, you can do it.”

Pray hard, work hard. It is a good philosophy to live by. Seek God’s help and guidance. Then, get to work doing what you know He wants you to do.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.