I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.” – Neh 2:20
Nehemiah has asked for permission to rebuild Jerusalem from the king, to which they were in captivity. The king granted his request and now he is starting to accomplish the task that God had set him to. Meanwhile these Nah Sayers come along and try to stir up trouble; trying to distract Nehemiah from the task, but he is not having any of it and as a matter of fact, shoos them away.
I love the words, “God will give us success.” Do I act in the same manner when God has set me to a task? As I have taken on the position of pastor, I have to keep firmly in mind that if God did not want me here, he would have not allowed it to be so. I have to keep firmly in mind that God will bring this ministry success, because it belongs to Him the same as Jerusalem belongs to Him and the people of Israel belong to Him.
Even when the negative people come around, saying this is not for you and you can’t do this, I have to keep the way straight and let Him light the path. There will always be those who want to disturb God’s will and work, don’t let them in your head. Instead, as I have done and as Nehemiah did, shoo them away. Let them know they have no part in the kingdom business unless they repent, do not let them distract you from God’s work.
When God gives you something to accomplish, realize that in His mind it is already done. This means that you are already successful, now you just have to do the work, that’s it. When I look at it like that, tasks sure seem easier and the pressure of things is a lot less, knowing that God will ensure the success, not me.
God Be with You All,