“So built we the wall, and all the wall was joined together to half of it in height; for the people had a mind to work.” (Nehemiah 4:6)
The people in Nehemiah’s day worked hard at that wall — almost as if they were going to finish it in one day. It took them fifty-two days, which was quick work at that, but they labored at it so desperately that it looked as if they were trying to do it in a day. It was that spirit that was with them which roused the attack of the enemy.
Satan never bothers half-hearted Christian people, but once you are desperate for God and become burdened for the salvation of men, then all hell will oppose you. Sanballat and Tobias were both the agents of Satan. Their scorn was a cloak for something else, they were angry that the work was progressing. If the people jeer at our Christian testimony today, it is because they have no argument against the gospel. The world will always be angry at any message which exposes sin.
Watch what happens when you get up with others and try to rebuild the walls that have fallen down. See if all hell will not come against you when you rise up to build. The enemy of God will try to ridicule and loathe the work you are trying to complete. But if we stay away from the rubbish of the wall that has fallen, and refuse the activity of action, then you will find your own life surrounded by passivity and selfishness. Satan has no reason to disturb you for he has you in his catch and he knows the work will not be approached.
If we are not building then we are tearing down. If we are not with Christ then we are against Him. Either we will love Him or hate Him, there is no middle ground. Thank God for Nehemiah and the people who had a mind to work, a heart to pray, and an eye to watch. The apostle Paul said, “…I labored more abundantly then they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (I Corinthians 15:10).