It didn’t hit me until tonight.
Suddenly, it became clear.
Since Monday evening, I have experienced some disappointment, some heartache and some definite testing of my personal sense of worth.
While I was contemplating this tonight, I realized that this type of scenario had happened before.
For the past several years I have taken part in an annual community effort that I feel is of great importance.
My involvement is particularly challenging and difficult, yet God has given me strength to accomplish my part each year.
My participation in this event in the past has been, at times, met with discouragments and pitfalls unrelated to my association with it.
Unrelated, that is, until spiritual warfare is considered.
The event that I will be a part of is scheduled for tomorrow.
Whatever good that God would have me do concerning it could be diminished by a depressed and defeated attitude on my part.
Tonight, I suddenly realized that I had been on this road before—preparing for a task I believe God has set before me and finding myself faced with a barrage of criticism and doubt.
Recognizing the temptation to be distracted from my responsibilities, I must look to God to guide me with His truth, rather than fill my thoughts with useless concerns.
In the Old Testament, Nehemiah was a man with a mission to fulfill. He was to lead others in the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls.
He was met with difficulties and with ridicule, which could have been a distraction for him:
When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, ‘What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble – burned as they are?’
Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, ‘What they are building – even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!’ —Nehemiah 4:1-3
Despite opposition, Nehemiah kept to his task.
Shouldn’t I keep to mine?
Shouldn’t you keep to yours?