The Americans and Russians at the height of the arms race realized that if they continued in the usual manner they were going to blow up the whole world. One day they sat down and decided to settle the whole dispute with one dog fight. The Russians found the biggest meanest Doberman and Rottweiler female dogs in the world and bred them with the biggest meanest Siberian wolves. They selected only the largest and strongest puppy from each litter, removed his siblings giving him all the milk. After five years came up with the biggest meanest dog the world had ever seen.
Its cage needed steel bars that were five inches thick and nobody could get near it.
When the day came for the dog fight, the Americans showed up with a strange animal. It was a nine foot long Dachshund.
Everyone felt sorry for the Americans because they knew there was no way that this dog could possibly last ten seconds with the Russian dog. When the cages were opened up, the Dachshund came out of its cage and slowly waddled over towards the Russian dog. The Russian dog snarled and leaped out of its cage and charged the American dachshund. But, when it got close enough to bite the Dachshund's neck, the Dachshund opened its mouth and consumed the Russian dog in one bite. There was nothing left at all of the Russian dog. The Russians came up to the Americans shaking their heads in disbelief. "We don't understand how this could have happened. We had our best people working for five years with the meanest Doberman and Rottweiler female dogs in the world and the biggest meanest Siberian wolves." "That's nothing", an American replied. "We had our best plastic surgeons working for five years to make an alligator look like a Dachshund."
You have to prepare for the fights that matter. Fighting for your family is the fight that matters.
Nehemiah 4:14 "After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, 'Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.' "
Here is the story of the people who return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. They are surrounded by people who don’t like them or their God. They will do anything to cause them to be destroyed. Their lives and the lives of their families are in danger. If they do nothing, if they do not fight against these surrounding opponents, their families will be destroyed. They have to fight.
We too need to fight for our families. Look at some of these startling statistics.
· 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
· 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
· 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes.
· 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
· 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in fatherless homes.
· 80% of all rapists come from fatherless homes.
The stakes are high… very high. The families with Nehemiah were committed to the Lord, to His work (rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem), and to each other. Those families took up arms and defended their families and their opponents withdrew. It is a great picture of how we should be today. Committed to Him, to His purposes, and to His people (His Church). From that position, like the families with Nehemiah, we can fight and win. How important it is for our families to be in His will. God has already prepared a way for us to win this most important battle: the battle for our families.