July 18th, 2017
Mockery Is Still Prevalent
Nehemiah 4:1-3 (KJB) But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.
Satan always rouses up opposition to the work of God. It was no different in ancient biblical times than it is today for the man and woman of God. Sanballat was being used by satan as a “spiritual Heckler” who busied himself persecuting and retaliating against the Jews who were tirelessly building a fortified wall. He mocked them for their efforts to build this wall from what appeared to be heaps of wood burned beyond what he deemed to be of practical and worthwhile use.
This seems to be a popular heart attitude at work in the hearts of men and women today. Many are quick to levy protests in opposition to any godly changes taking place in this world. The minions of satan are bound together in darkness objecting to and demonstrating against movements and projects alleged as threatening to their own choice to live in a wicked lifestyle.
Spiritual efforts by godly people, like Noah who was busy constructing the ark, are ridiculed by those who are bent on serving the god of this world.
However, any efforts provoked by the will of God and which rely upon the supernatural presence and nature of God can be brought to successful fruition because of His presence and involvement. Where Sanballat saw only weakness and impossibilities, the people of God realized supernatural strength and endless possibilities with God.
Noah only heard God’s holy instruction, not the ridicule of man, as he worked to complete the ark.