When we last saw Nehemiah, he was on the dart board of criticism.
The chronic naysayers Sanballat & Tobiah were mocking and
lying about the project, trying to demoralize the people of God.
This is a good time to pause and ask…
How do we handle criticism?
What do we do when someone aims their darts at us?
Do we get paralyzed, infuriated, intimidated, frustrated,
motivated, worried, deflated, or something else?
Do you stew over it or just brush it off?
Believe it or not, God has a purpose for allowing criticism and opposition.
He’s not up in heaven wringing His hands and crying,
“Oh, why, oh, why do these people keep this behavior up?”
Rather, He has ways of using the situation to bring about His ultimate
purposes as well as His immediate purpose of getting His will done.
Once again, let’s benefit from Nehemiah’s positive example…