Vs. 1, “When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews.” The enemy was keeping tabs of the progress that Israel was making and underestimated their success. So they tried ridicule again and then resorted to use violence if they did not cease. Nehemiah would not be fazed and persisted to encourage his people to keep up building the walls. Even though there was legitimate fear and hope was giving out, Nehemiah stood up like Mel Gibson’s character William Wallace in Braveheart and gave an emotional speech to stir courage in the ranks.
Regarding application…Responding in Faith. Vs. 13, “Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.” There is a difference having faith and reckless faith. God does indeed answer our prayer requests according to His will and His timing. However, that doesn’t mean we just sit on our rear ends and expect God to do all the work. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we do not defend our loved ones, our land (U.S.A.), etc. I love how Nehemiah would ensure that there was protection and also production simultaneously. We can do both. There is a belief among some that Christians should be pacifists and always seek peace. If that were the case, we would not be here today. Always be ready to respond in faith not fear!