Nehemiah 4:1 says” When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews.
Sanballat tried his best to distract Nehemiah, his main purpose was to distract Nehemiah from rebuilding the walls in Jerusalem. Sanballat tormented everything he possible could to get the Jews to stop doing what they was doing for God.
Sanballat even said aloud to the Jews” what are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifice? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish-stone that are burned?
Just like Nehemiah we have distracters who come into our lives to distract us from doing what God has called us to do. Notice that Nehemiah never stopped rebuilding the wall, he kept on working. Think for a moment how he must have felt, here is doing good and someone comes along and start taunting and ridiculing him, he must have thought to himself that maybe he should stop doing what he was doing. Maybe this wall will not be brought back up.
Often in our lives we have people making fun of what we are doing and we too begin to question if God really did tell us to do it. The lesson that the Lord is wanting us to learn is this, anytime God gives you an assignment expect distacters to come into your life, don’t give the distracter the time of the day, trust God to protect you and your reputation and keep your hand to the plow and don’t look back.
Nehemiah never gave into the ridicule and taunting he just kept on doing what God has called him to do.
Keep in mind not all distractions come in human form they also come in objects. What objects are distracting you? Are your thoughts or is it that brand new television you just brought is distracting you?