The Art of Perseverance: Nehemiah 2:10-12 (Trouble Cometh)

It’s like Murphy’s Law. “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”

Have you ever thought you were on a roll with a project, but then the bottom fell out beneath you? How do you move on?

Nehemiah got everything he requested: materials, security, safe passage, etc. But the next verse opened up a world of difficulty for Nehemiah:

10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.

Oh the Joys of Trouble

I, personally, hate trouble. It’s very annoying.

And I hate to sound pessimistic, but anytime you are on a path of doing something extraordinary for the Lord, there will be trouble.

Pastors have their negative critics.

Authors have their haters.

Employers have their wasters.

And employees have their jerk-bosses.

When you seek to evangelize to someone, something will be tossed at you to thwart your endeavor.

Rearing godly kids is the hardest thing in the world.

And parents just don’t seem to understand. Right, kids?

What To Do? What To Do?

These are the times we feel like giving up. Throwing in the towel. Wave that white flag.

Especially when you’ve felt defeated and beat up in the past for trying to endure.

But then…

Edison made one more light bulb.

The Wright brothers built one more plane.

Willem Kolff built one more artificial heart.

And Nehemiah did this in verse 11:

“I went to Jerusalem…”

WARNING

I made a mental note some years ago. WARNING: Persevering troubles has been proven to cause pain in all individuals.

“OK, Chad. Now that is quite pessimistic,” you say. So be it. But it’s true.

Yet there’s the rest of the statement from Nehemiah 2 that I left out above. Here it is:

11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. (emphasis mine)

God put it there for a reason.

God has placed certain desires, gifts, skills inside you for a reason.

Better to use them than to forget them.

Better to use them than to run away and hide.

Better to trust the Great Giver of Gifts who delights in seeing His children victorious through trials.

What About You?

So what has God placed in your heart to do? What is your Jerusalem? Tell us, and we’ll pray together for your strength!

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