Tuesday, September 21
Stay the Course
Nehemiah 4:1-23 Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews...
think about it.
Describe the new opposition (4:1-3) and Nehemiah's first response (4:4-5). Is that similar to your response to opposition? What is Nehemiah's 2-part strategy (4:9)? While the task continued, the methods changed (4:16-23). What does this teach you about a good leader?
You want to serve the Lord. So you seek His guidance, you plan and get things in order and then it happens--opposition surfaces. Sometimes it's head on and very direct. Other times it's subtle. And those road blocks come in many forms. Through disgruntled people (like here in Nehemiah), or things like broken equipment or not enough help or inadequate finances. (The list goes on and on depending on the situation.) Well the temptation is to give up, to stop the work we're doing. But Nehemiah 4:1-23 shows us a better option, one of seeking God and His protection and pressing on even when the opposition seems huge and overwhelming.
So what did you notice from Nehemiah 4 about dealing with opposition? What might you do today, this week, this month to stay the course when it comes to doing work for the Lord? Tami W.
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