Updated: Jan 22
Nighttime can be a time I catch up on work and move forward some of my major tasks. It can also be a time of major distraction.
Some things that distract me are side projects, a glass of wine, watching the news, late night snacking, or social media snooping. Nothing on this list is part of the plan of getting the task at hand done.
I read somewhere that your day really starts at night. Yes, I’m very productive in the morning and get a lot accomplished, but that’s because I set myself up for that at night. Dishes are done, gym bag is packed, coffee is set up, I’ve checked my calendar, planned my day, and I’m moving my building project forward.
We can get so distracted at night. That’s when the enemy can put on a major attack. We’ve all been preconditioned to “relax” at night and take it easy. While I believe in turning the lights down lower to wind the day down in our brain, I don’t agree that it’s a time to go to sleep on our building project. This 40 day period is sacred time, we were ordained to do this! It’s our duty and responsibility in this season.
Nehemiah was under attack by haters. And not just words, but the threat escalated to a potential physical confrontation. But Nehemiah didn’t get scared. He knew God had his back, he knew he had purpose in what he was doing, so he did what great leaders do: move forward in the face of adversity.
Nehemiah 4:6-9 says
"So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat."
Grant Cardone says that white space in the calendar is the devil. He’s right. If your nighttime calendar isn’t filled with to do (even sex and time with wife should be on the calendar), then you’re giving a way to the enemy.
Pray today that you’ll also guard your nighttime and that God will cover you and give you wisdom to be the best leader possible both day and night.