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Confronted by Opposition

Anchor Devotional - 05.10.16


“So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.”

Nehemiah 4:6

Opposition—no matter what form it takes—is never much fun. Jesus reminds us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

For Nehemiah and the Israelites, confrontation came while working to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall. The enemy prepared to attack, hoping to create delay and despair. Yet, when God enlists people to work for Him, He accomplishes the task and equips His workers to complete the job despite opposition.

In Nehemiah 4:9 we see two things that affirm God’s direction in such times: prayer, and the posting of “a guard day and night to meet this threat.” Elizabeth Elliot said that in times of trouble we ought to “trust Jesus and do the next thing.” Paul, writing to Timothy, said, “Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship…” (2 Timothy 4:5).

With and through Christ we are moved to action. When your walk of faith has at its foundation godly principles, you need not fear opposition. Nehemiah was God’s man for the hour, but Jesus Christ has been our Savior for life!

Scripture Focus

Nehemiah 4:1-18

Insight

We may be surprised how much we can accomplish when God is backing our effort.

Read the Bible

  • 1 Samuel 18-19
  • Psalm 129
  • 2 Corinthians 11