Jul. 18, 2021
In the Christian life opposition can be expected and can often be nasty to deal with. Opposition is most often experienced when God’s people attempt to do God’s work in God’s way. It is true.
The Bible records this fact. History confirms it repeatedly. The enemies of God will do everything in their power to thwart His purposes. The enemies of God will never sit idly by and allow God to receive the glory or permit His people to experience victory in their lives without a wicked fight.
The first 3 chapters of Nehemiah record the remarkable success Nehemiah was experiencing. He was having his prayers answered; the king granted permission for him to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city; he was given government resources, authority and protection and he received the enthusiastic support of his countrymen to join him in the work.
Everything was going well, the project was underway, and the people were working hard, yet in the midst of all the blessing and success Nehemiah is faced with opposition.
It’s not just a little opposition, but a lot of opposition. It is not something minor that could be dealt with easily, but it was major and could easily bring the project to a standstill.
Nehemiah takes 3 chapters to detail the severity of the opposition that he encounters as he and the people worked toward rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem.
This morning we want to consider how Nehemiah handled the opposition, because how we handle opposition can either render the plans of God powerless to move forward, or allow God to mightily meet our needs in the midst of opposition.