Wednesday, 21 October 2020
This was a trick of theirs to try to harm me. I sent messengers to say to them, "I am doing important work and can't go down there. I am not going to let the work stop just to go and see you." (Nehemiah 6:2-3)
God’s work meets with opposition either from the world or from well-meaning brethren. But the one to whom God gave the vision, will persevere even in adverse circumstances. The approach of Nehemiah gives us a clear picture of how determined and mindful God’s children need to be about their Father’s business- they need to be alert about the counsel of the ungodly and make bold decisions that will always give glory to our Lord and King.
The wicked never plan good things while in pursuit of their wicked actions and their counsel is corrupt and this is why the Psalmist David encourages us this way: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1,2) See how Nehemiah refuses to attend and adhere to the call of Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem, as he knew their plan was wicked. The plans and counsel of the wicked are to bring down God’s children, divert their attention, confuse them and condemn God’s victorious advances on earth.
The wicked are also good at condemning and criticizing God’s victorious moves with His children. In Egypt, when Pharaoh sees the victorious moves in the lives of God’s children, he puts his army together to get at them, and eventually drowns in the sea. I personally think, he may have received wicked counsel to carry out this plan which led to his own death.
Even the finished work of Christ on the cross has been challenged down the centuries. Billions of people around the world have accepted counsel from the wicked refuting the death of Christ on the cross. This is why Apostle Paul says in 1Corinhians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are peri