My pastor once said that when he was ordained, an elder advised him to do God’s will. My pastor said the elder looked at him eye-to-eye repeated himself urging him to follow God’s will, despite the opposition, even if the opposition is a friend.
The words of my pastor reminded me of Nehemiah’s story. God placed a burden on Nehemiah’s heart that Nehemiah could not ignore. Nehemiah’s mission was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He was blessed when the king sent him to accomplish his task, yes; but the story of Nehemiah does not lack opposition.
“When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, ‘What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?’”
When the Lord uses you, you must not be afraid of the opposition ahead. The Lord will help you deal with whatever comes in your way. You need to trust Him and do His will.