When we read Nehemiah 6:1-13, we see Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab’s relentless pursuit of Nehemiah. They literally attacked him on multiple fronts. The first wave of attack was physical. They wanted to meet with Nehemiah, “But they intended to do me harm.” So Nehemiah’s response was…I will not leave this important work. Nehemiah refused to give his time to this meeting. He continued to give his time and energy to the great work God had called him to, and although they persisted with the request to meet…his response remained the same.
The next wave of attack was mental. They sent a letter to intimidate Nehemiah. They stated, “It is reported among the nations, and Geshem also says it, that you and the Jews intend to rebel…” In other words, the word is out on what you are doing and why you are doing it. Just wait until the king hears about this. Basically, you have no choice but to meet with us for counsel. They wanted to harm him mentally and cause him to be fearful. His response was prayer! “But now, O God, strengthen my hands.”
The last wave of attack was spiritual. They paid for a false prophecy to be delivered to Nehemiah. How did Nehemiah handle this? He responded with, “Should such a man as I run away?” He was courageous, and he had discernment. He “understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
Nehemiah was hit from multiple directions, and yet God kept him through it all. He didn’t prevent the attacks from occurring but He did give him what was needed to get through it! No matter what you are facing, God is with you. You can overcome it!