I’m currently reading the book of Nehemiah & I was encouraged this morning when I read about Nehemiah’s reaction to his enemies (Sanballat & Tobia) when they severaly opposed Nehemiah & the Jews. Instead of quitting, Nehemiah split up the people & let half of them keeping working to repair the wall & posted the other half to protect those who were working on the wall. By splitting up his work force into 2 groups, he probably lengthened the time it took to finish the project, but my point is that he didn’t quit. They kept working, even though their progress slowed down, but they didn’t quit.
I was reading 1 Cor 16 a few days ago & something really struck me, especially in relation to some recent events. To be really honest with you, this past week has been pretty rough. There have been some family challenges, work frustrations and personal struggles that all seemed to culminate within a 48 hour timeframe. By the time I got to the end of the week, I felt rather beat up & waylaid. In the same timeframe, I also read 1 Cor 16:9 where Paul talks about a wide open door for effective ministry being opened to him with many adversaries. This is the same guy who said that we wrestle not against flesh & blood but against powers, principalities & rulers of darkness.
So here’s my great revelation: just because God gives us some pretty amazing opportunities doesn’t mean that the devil is going to simply walk away & stop bothering us. Keep walking through the doors that God opens for you regardless of the opposition – keep going. Resistence can be a good indicator that you’re on the right track 🙂