Nehemiah was given great favor by the king he served. Nehemiah explained why he was sad. Nehemiah 2:4 says, “Then the king said to me, What do you request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.” Nehemiah laid out his needs before the king.
Verse 8 says, “…And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.” Immediately opposition arose. Verse 10 says of the governors, “…they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to see the well-being of the children of Israel.”
Throughout the book of Nehemiah we read that no matter what was happening, Nehemiah’s character never faltered. He remained steadfast and immoveable in the face each opposition.
The governors heard about the plan to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Verse 19 says, “…they laughed at us and despised us…” Nehemiah made a faith declaration in verse 20. He said, “…The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.”
What is our heritage? Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.”
Can you hear the echo from the backdrop of our nation? We must walk in 1 Corinthians 15:58. It says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
We have a secret weapon. We have a King who will give us every request that is in accord with His will. There are good works He has preordained, before the beginning of time, that are for us to walk in.
Think back to the enemy in Jesus’ day. 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 says, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
The enemy of our soul does not know what God has planned and will execute for this nation that He founded. Our part is to prepare our hearts to walk in what He has called us to walk in.
When we are opposed, 1 Peter 5:9 is our marching orders. It says, “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
We must continually sink the roots of our faith deeply into God’s word. He cannot lie. His promises are based on Who He is at all times. Circumstances cannot change His purposes. His way was charted before He created this earth for man to dwell on.
I encourage you to meditate on 2 Chronicles 29:36. It says, “Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.” Let us prepare our heart to obey, no matter what the Lord calls us to do. Suddenly means that we have no time to vacillate. We must always be walking in faith that is steadfast and immoveable. May we be ready when His suddenly comes.