When am I in the midst of something – whether it is a task or a relationship – and things aren’t going well, my first thought is usually along the lines of, “Maybe this isn’t what God wants for me…Maybe I made the wrong choice…” Last year I studied Nehemiah with a group of wise women and very early on we began to see and discuss the opposition Nehemiah faced.
“When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.” ~ Nehemiah 2:10
This was only the beginning of Nehemiah’s struggle against these individuals.
“When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates, and the army of Samaria, he said, ‘What are those feeble Jews doing?” ~ Nehemiah 4:1 – 2
“When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it…Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono. But they were scheming to harm me.” ~ Nehemiah 6:1 – 2
Yes, when we are heading the wrong direction, God will nudge/lead us back into His will. But often it is when we are in His will that we face the most obstacles; when we are working for His Kingdom. How was Nehemiah to know if he was risking his life – and the lives of others – according to God’s will or his own? He prayed, diligently, and despite plots and persistence, his enemies were not successful; he was.
I pray today the Lord surrounds you with His power and protection as you do the work He has planned for you. The mundane tasks of cleaning house and making lunches; the difficult school conferences and decisions. Rushing in the morning and fighting traffic to get to a meeting; showing kindness to the difficult co-worker and doing your job with integrity and diligence. Continuing on the path you’re on or jumping into something different and new. Every day holds divine work the enemy wants to suppress – God moving and working through us. Whatever it is –
“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today…” ~ Nehemiah 1:11