Nehemiah 4:1-3 (NIV) When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble– burned as they are?” 3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building– if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!” Read more…
The words of ridicule and mockery are meant to discourage the people of God. Words are powerful. Good and kind words spoken at an appropriate time can heal and restore. But careless or mean words can shatter someone’s life. The Bible says that “The tongue has the power of life and death,” (Proverbs 18:21). Sometimes the enemy might use people’s words to discourage and derail us from accomplishing God’s purposes for us. Believers should respond by praying that God defends them and fights their battles. Nehemiah was an intercessor. He identified himself with the people despite his privileged position. Leaders intercede for the people.
Do you sometimes have feelings of inadequacy? Ask God to fight your battles and to give you strength to do what He has called you to do.
When the verbal attacks fail to achieve the intended results, the enemies of God’s people decide to physically attack Nehemiah and the Jews (verse 8). They hope to take advantage of the people’s physical exhaustion. Apostle Paul talks about standing against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). Satan’s work is to oppose the purposes of God. Since the devil is a spirit he uses people and other physical circumstances to accomplish his work. We need to be alert in order to know when and how the enemy is attacking us. Nehemiah responded by positioning the people to guard strategic locations. He also encouraged the people and gave them a purpose to live and fight for (verse 14).
What precautions are you taking to counter Satan’s attack’s against you?