Summary: 3/5 - Anytime that we attempt great things for God, oppostion is going to come
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors and also to love our enemies; probably because
the are generally the same people. This was certainly true in Nehemiah’s time. His arrival
in Jerusalem was a threat to those leaders and tribes and nations around him. A strong
Jerusalem would endanger the balance of power in the region, and it would also rob
Sanballat and his friends of influence and wealth.
We find ourselves about at the halfway point in the rebuilding of the wall. As a matter of
fact in 4:6, Nehemiah even recorded that it as “joined together up to half its height”. As
the work is being accomplished and the people are honoring God with their efforts, we
find that there were thundering voices of doubt all around Nehemiah. He was getting
reports of plans to kill him and was even starting to hear the rumblings of grumbling from
within his own ranks. I am sure that He began to have a few doubts as to the ultimate
success of the building project, was probably fearing for his own life and for that of his
workers and also was having to expend great amounts of time and energy to “shore up” or
to encourage those around him.
What about you? What will you do when you begin to doubt? What will you do when
others come against you and ask you to quit what you are doing for God? What will you
do when there are opponents in life? When you attempt to do something for God, when I
yearn to live for God, when you strive to serve God, when we long to honor God with
everything that we are and with everything that we do you had better expect opposition
along the way and I had better opposition along the way, we had better expect opposition
along the way.
Any cause worth doing is also a cause that someone will feel they need to criticize! Any
cause worth doing is also a cause that someone will feel that they need to criticize! All
great causes have had great critics. It was Aristotle who said, “You can avoid opposition
by saying nothing, doing nothing, being nothing!”
We learned a little last week about the effect of the Big Mo and how when something is
starting to move and to gain speed and to be effective for God that others see it and want
to be a part of it. Well when the wheel of the Big Mo starts to move it creates friction.
That friction creates heat, and that heat is the opposition and obstacles that we come
against in life. That friction and that heat will be the opposition and the heat that we will
come against as we attempt to honor God in developing this church into the church that
He desires for her to be. that friction and that heat is what Nehemiah found himself
coming against as He rebuilt the wall to Honor His God!
An interesting thought here, when we come against opposition, when you come against
opposition, when I come against opposition maybe we need to look at it as a direct result
that the wheel of momentum is moving and that we are being effective for God.
Opposition will hit all of our lives. I saw a bumper sticker the other day that summed it
fairly well, it said, “Some days you are the windshield and some days you are the bug”. I
think that is a kinder, gentler way of saying, “Some days you are the monument and some
days you are the pigeon”. When I view opposition through the lens of being effective for
God, it suddenly changes not only what I see but also how I actually view it, for with
God all things are possible! Especially when we are in line with His will and plan for our
Opposition is going to happen. There are accounts recorded throughout God’s word of
opposition that the greats of the faith faced. Moses faced 40 years of griping and
complaining. It of course started with Pharaoh and his army but probably even worse was
the constant griping and complaining from within his own ranks, the Israelites, the ones
whom he was leading. He faced continual conflict and continual criticism. Remember the
shepherd boy David as he came against Goliath and how Goliath “trash talked” him and
made fun of not only David but the entire nation of Israel. Jesus especially had critics and
he had them to the point of death! Opposition is going to happen!
I could not print all of today’s text, however I have listed on your sermon outline the
references for today so that you can do some study on your own and hopefully be able to