Powered by 4 - January 30, 2018

Opposition

Today's reading: Nehemiah 4:1-23

Not everyone in and around Jerusalem is pleased about the reconstruction project for the gates and wall around Jerusalem. So as Nehemiah and the Jews begin making progress on the rebuilding, they encounter some intense opposition. Sanballat, Tobiah and others don't like that their position of having the upper hand is being taken away by the Jews gathering together to strengthen themselves and to reassert their claim to the city of Jerusalem. The opposers first try verbal assaults, and when that doesn't stop the work, they then plot physical violence.

Nehemiah and the Jews didn't allow the opposition to stop their progress. As soon as the opposition started, they turned it over to God through prayer, took protective measures and pressed on with the work.

How have you encountered opposition as you've served God? How did you respond? What's one lesson you learned about responding to and/or overcoming opposition from Nehemiah and the workers? Tami

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