This week, we have taken some time to step back an look at the process that happens with really big building projects. Nehemiah is returning to Jerusalem to rebuild the city. We are thinking about what it takes to build people into God’s Temple throughout a city, county, state, or country. These projects can become quite overwhelming!
But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. "What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?" they asked. (Nehemiah 2:19 NLT)
When following God’s Plan, we will encounter resistance. We will have enemies. We will, for a time, be stopped. Our preparation time, however, strengthens us for these eventualities. When we run into them, then, we are reminded Whose Plan we are following. This give us everything we need to move forward, trusting God.
I replied, "The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, His servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem."
(Nehemiah 2:20 NLT)