Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. Neh 4:1
Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses. – Neh 4:14
When you begin a good work in the Lord, evil will try to thwart your attempts, it is all throughout the Bible. If it was true then, it will be true today. Here we see Nehemiah and his workers being mocked and ridiculed for what they were doing. Later, we find that Sanballat had planned to attack them because their work was going so well.
Remember that when you are doing the Lord’s work, He will protect you, but don’t forget to ask. In verse 4 we see that Nehemiah asks God to take care of these mockers for them. And they continued their work. God protects those whom trust in Him; He promised it would be so.
And from time to time we need to be reminded and encouraged. Here in verse 14 we see Nehemiah doing that very thing. He is encouraging the people by reminding them just who they work for and His power to protect them. Soon they are back to work, vigorously doing as God had commanded.
As you face trials, remember you do not persevere alone, but God will give you a way through, God will fight your battles and God will ensure the victory is won. So do not be discouraged but be joyous when you face trials of all kinds (James 1:2) because they will strengthen you. God does not give us trials, but He allows them to remind us who He is in our lives. Trust in Him and see the difference it makes in your life.
God Be With You All,