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COMPETENCE with GOD

March 28, 2017

Tuesday

 

Nehemiah 4:1-3

 

Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became

furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building–if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!

 

 

LESSON

 

Any attempt to fulfill God’s desires will almost certainly draw opposition from God’s enemies.

“If you start building, you will soon be battling; so, be prepared! The real test of a leader is how he or she faces crises and reacts to  opposition. This chapter recounts several forms of opposition and how Nehemiah confronted them. The Jews’ enemies used ridicule, as well as armed  resistance , to oppose the work.

 

Like most habitual critics, they- Sanballat and Tobiah were threatened by the thought of change and saw it as something to be resisted. Also like most critics, they looked at the situation only from the human point of view they didn’t take into consideration that this just might be God’s plan.

 

Nehemiah based his imprecatory prayer on God’s promise that He would bless those who blessed Abraham’s descendants, and curse those who cursed them. God’s people should always regard prayer not as a last resort but as our primary weapon against opposition.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 22:6

 

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

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