"But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews" - Nehemiah 4:1
Embark on any God-ordained task and be certain that the Sanballats and Tobiahs of our day will come mocking! Who are the Sanballats and Tobiahs of our day? They are evil spirits who do not want to see any of God's purposes prosper. They are unlikely to attack if we are doing stuff out of our own initiative—things that will neither further God's purposes nor be powerful enough to weaken the devil's hold on people. But once we align with the Holy Spirit in any activity, the Sanballats and Tobiahs, knowing that the power of God behind us is potent, begin to squirm.
What do they say? They mock, and attack with thoughts that make us believe our services amount to nothing. They show us people who are doing well and nudge us to compare ourselves to them. They suggest that our activities do not have the potential to become anything worthwhile. Listen to what they told the returning Jews as they rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem:
"What are these miserable Jews doing? Do they think they can get everything back to normal overnight? Make building stones out of make-believe?
That's right! What do they think they're building? Why, if a fox climbed that wall, it would fall to pieces under his weight"— Nehemiah. 4:1-3 The Message.
Does this sound familiar? Have such negative thoughts (albeit applied to your own situation) crossed your mind?
What should we do in the face of such attacks? How do we guard against being swayed by these discouraging thoughts? First of all, we should learn to recognize thoughts that are sown in our minds by the devil and his agents. We should learn to reject them because they are untrue. They may sound logical, but so long as they do not reflect God's mind, we should consider them lies.
Second, we should run to God for protection at those moments. Knowing that such critical and negative talk from Sanballat & Tobiah was potent enough to discourage the Jews who were rebuilding the wall, Nehemiah—leader of the building project, immediately sought the Lord's intervention. Psalm 91:3-4 assures us that God will always protect us at such times: Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart—NIV. The Lord answered Nehemiah’s prayer and as a result, the men of Judah were able to continue their work unhindered. The Lord blunted the edge of Sanballat and Tobiah's words, so the wall was built up to half its height and ultimately—after more foiled attacks—completed.
Third, we should continue, and not give up, our work. We should seek God’s grace and keep moving regardless of how our circumstances may look. Sanballat and Tobiah's goal was to stop the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall, but rebuilding the wall was God's plan, and so long as the Jews sided with God, the work progressed. We should have the same attitude. Sure, there will be enemy attacks along the way, but if we continue to align with God's plan and depend on Him for grace and deliverance, we will see our work for Him completed.
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Nice article Udeme for God's children need to cope with the Sanballats and Tobiahs of daily life. Too many people lose heart too quickly and become discouraged in well doing not fully understanding the tricks of the enemy. When all else fails Satan resorts to ridicule and scorn. Keep up the good work my brother.