Threats and Intimidation

Threats and Intimidation

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the Jews were rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. But every step of the way, they faced opposition from people determined to make them fail.

First, they experienced the jeering of Sanballat, who laughed at them. Calling them “feeble,” he encouraged them to feel weak and inadequate. He tried to undermine their confidence and feel that they could not possibly succeed.

He mocked their faith and wanted them to doubt God. Threatening violence and sabotage, Sanballat and his colleagues made sure the Jews knew that they were opposed by a group of people with abundant resources. They suggested that they were outnumbered and that their enemies could outmaneuver them, outsmart them, and overcome any resistance they might offer.

How did Nehemiah and the Jews counter these threats and intimidation? First, he committed their enemies and what they said to God. While constantly praying, they did not allow the intimidation to stop them, but continued to work: “So we built the wall … for the people had a mind to work.”

They did not take God’s protection for granted, but remained on alert and diligent. They did everything they could to make sure that they were protected, and ready.

Today, believers face many kinds of enemies in the world who employ many tactics and strategies trying to discourage and confuse us. We can be sure that they will try to distract us and make us feel defeated. If we allow these people to have their way, we might stop doing the work God has called us to do.

In your life, follow the example provided by Nehemiah. Focus on serving God, and doing His work. Don’t give in to intimidation or opposition, but have faith in God, staying focused, doing the work He has called you to do.