6. No Obstacles Stopped His Work
Each time enemies bullied them, Nehemiah prayed. He stated that God would fight for them. The main enemies lived around the city and didn’t want the wall rebuilt.
Enemies tried various tactics, but Nehemiah stood firm. They ridiculed and bullied (4:1-6), but Nehemiah prayed, ignored them, and the work continued.
Enemies threatened to attack, so the people prayed and set up guards (4:8-15). Nehemiah reminded the people to trust God and paired the workers so one worked while the other stood by, armed to fight. Nehemiah also set up a signal of a trumpet call, so they could rally together and trust God to fight for them (4:16-23).
Enemies tried to make Nehemiah compromise by drawing him outside the city where they could harm him, and then they tried to lure him to meet in the temple to compromise his faith. Nehemiah saw through their ploys and refused the meetings. He stated that he was doing a great work (6:2-4).
Next, the enemies tried to slander and shame Nehemiah with a report they would send to the king. Nehemiah replied that they had invented things and then he prayed to God for strength. He refused to meet in the temple because he was not worthy to go there. He was not a priest (6:5-12).
Nehemiah overcame all the opposition and the people rebuilt the wall that laid in ruins for 70 years, in 52 days. We should look at obstacles as challenges to press on and trust God.
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