When Opposition Comes-Nehemiah 4 and 5
This school year has been a hard one. It seems like wherever we turn there is some type of opposition. Some of it comes from the outside in regards to funding or security or even just a hard winter with frozen pipes and cold rooms. Other times it comes from within due to student discipline, personal conflict, or changes in how things are done. We don't have names to our enemies like Nehemiah did but know that the great deceiver is behind much of it. Our challenge is to keep on our knees remembering who God is and what his purpose is for us here. We are also challenged to stay armed with the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Opposition will come when we are doing God's work. This is a given. How we stay focused on His plan in spite of the opposition will bring Glory to God. As Nehemiah prayed it was not for himself but that God's name would glorified. May I keep my focus off of me and on to God. As I studied this passage with my study group, I was convicted of the need to stay focused on the goal and on my Savior. I realize on those days when things are hard that even though it feels very physical the battle is often a spiritual one.
No matter where we live or what we do, if we are doing what God wants us to do there will be opposition. My prayer is that you will stay in the fight as you face yours.
Dear God, Forgive me when I have not taken seriously the battle going on around me. Forgive me for the days I neglect to spend time with you. May you be glorified in what is to come for the school where I work. May we press on towards the goal that you have for us. Amen