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September 13, 2013

For Every Good Work, You Will Face Opposition

Nehemiah 2

9 Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. 10 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel.

11 So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. There was no animal with me but the one on which I rode. 13 I went out by night by the Valley Gate to the Dragon Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that were broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no room for the animal that was under me to pass. 15 Then I went up in the night by the valley and inspected the wall, and I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned. 16 And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, and I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest who were to do the work.

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.”So they strengthened their hands for the good work. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” 20 Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim[a] in Jerusalem.”

When Nehemiah went back to Jerusalem, some men heard that he wanted to rebuild the wall. They said, It’s a bad idea. Have you ever faced that. “Hey, I want to do something worthy, something that requires God to intervene, something bigger than me and something that is not about me but God’s glory”,

BAD IDEA. IT WILL NEVER WORK. I think all of us have faced that but it should not stop us from doing God’s work. I remember when we planted the church in Greenhills. Some said it was a bad idea. During one of the meetings with some pastors of the city, they gave us a report that all churches in San Juan are dying and stagnant. But instead of discouraging us, it pushed us to depend on God more.

For every GOD work and every good work – you will face opposition. It is at times like these, where you have to be sure of what God has called you to do.