Nehemiah was in the middle of the project that would define his life. Nehemiah was the man who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. The walls of an ancient city were what provided the inhabitants protection from their enemies. Without walls or gates, a city was open to attack from its enemies. From the time that Nehemiah became aware that Jerusalem’s walls were still in a state of disrepair, Nehemiah rearranged his priorities in life. Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was his calling from God.
When you have a calling from God, you are going to find opposition. It doesn’t matter how big or how small you think your calling is, there is an enemy that wants to stop the work of God in this world. As Nehemiah’s building project progressed, the opposition began to grow. On one occasion, the enemies of the Jews invited Nehemiah out to one of the outlying villages. Perhaps it might have sounded like an innocent invitation for coffee. But for Nehemiah it simply involved time he didn’t have. “So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”” (Nehemiah 6:3)
Now that might sound rude to some folks, but Nehemiah knew his priorities. Sometimes the “good things” are the enemy of the “best things” because they take us away from our calling. Do you know what the “best things” are in your life?