There will always be adversaries, critics and naysayers when you try to do something for the Lord. (…Those who say things like… “It can’t be done! It isn’t going to work! You don’t have the ability or resources to pull it off! I’m not going to give you the approvals you need!”)
Nehemiah provides a case study for us in how to respond to people like that… (I just read some of it this morning in my Bible reading during “Coffee with the Lord”)
“When Sanballat heard that we were building the wall [of Jerusalem], he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews! And he said… ‘What are these feeble Jews doing … will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish and burned ones at that?’
Nehemiah’s response? “Hear, O our God, for we are despised! Turn back their taunt on their own heads … for they have provoked You to anger in the presence of the builders.” SO WE BUILT THE WALL… FOR THE PEOPLE HAD A MIND TO WORK.
“But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward… they were very angry! And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. AND WE PRAYED TO OUR GOD AND SET A GUARD!
“It was said, ‘The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing! There is too much rubble! By ourselves we will NOT be able to rebuild the wall!’
“And I looked and arose and said… ‘Do not be afraid of them! Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome! Fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your homes!’
“When our enemies heard that their plan was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.” (from Nehemiah 4:1-15)
This is not the entire story, but Nehemiah and the people prevailed over their adversaries and the challenging task was completed! So, if you’re doing something for God and it is difficult… if there are adversaries, critics and naysayers… check to see if it is a “God-thing” or just your own idea and ego that is involved. But if it is a “God-thing” – follow the example of Nehemiah and continue to work and expect God to act and help what you are doing for Him to succeed!