Scripture to Read: Nehemiah 2:10
God works in miraculous ways in our lives every day. Sometimes, as believers, we begin to think that we should not have to face struggles, tests, or trials if we are in God’s will. If we are walking through a trial, we think we must have done something wrong or that we are doing something wrong. But, as God has taught us throughout His Word, we are to expect tests, trials, troubles, and tribulation (1 Peter 4:12-13, James 1:2-4). As we continue through Nehemiah 2, we find that Nehemiah had some obstacles to overcome as well. In Nehemiah 2:10, we are introduced to Sanballat and Tobiah. These men were two of the governors in the region beyond the Euphrates River. These two men were not excited about Nehemiah being there to help the sons of Israel. Both Sanballat and Tobiah were incredibly disturbed that Nehemiah was there. Though we don’t know what these two men said to Nehemiah, it was evident to Nehemiah that these men were not going to support him in what he came to do. Remember, Nehemiah had prayed for four months. Then he trusted God when he asked the king for permission to go back to Judah to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. Then Nehemiah set out on his 800-mile journey with all the provisions God supplied for him through the king. But Nehemiah still faced more trials through Sanballat and Tobiah not wanting him there. Trials will come but God wants us to walk through them as He strengthens our faith in Him.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today about facing tests, trials, and troubles?
2. Who will you encourage this week through the truths God has taught you so far?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!