Opposition Happens

Have you ever felt like God gave you a task? He told you to do something for his Kingdom. You excitedly went to work. Others may have joined in the work. Provided assistance and help. But then many others did the opposite. Opposed the project, maybe even hinder the project or tried to ruin the work. Many of us have encountered such opposition when trying to do good. Well Nehemaiah encountered such an event. He began to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem that had fallen into ruin. Many contributed and helped. But not everyone.

Nehemiah 4:1-9 NIV

[1] … When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, [2] and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” [3] Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” [4] Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. [5] Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders. [6] So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. [7] 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. [8] They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. [9] But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.”

Opposition and disagreement happens in this life. No everyone is for building up Gods kingdom. It is easy to become frustrated, discouraged and angry in the face of such opposition. But Nehemiah did not let the opposition stop him from proceeding. The process of rebuilding was challenging and filled with obstacles. But he persevered. How do we persevere in such circumstances? We do not preserve from our own strength and power. We persevere knowing that the God of the universe has our backs, will make a way and has the last word.

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