As unbelievable as it seems, seems 2019 is a memory. The year has come and gone and we are in a new year. People make resolutions and lots of plans to see positive results in their lives. Some plans go under the heading, “Mission: Impossible!” Others could be attainable with discipline and hard work.
When you start a new task, your efforts will disturb some. They have no plans and are wondering aimlessly. But as soon as they see you at work, they have a problem. Why do they have a problem? It’s your life and your project but they want to influence what you do.
This is the same problem we find in Ezra chapter 4. The people were exiles yet they decided to build a temple for the Lord. When the other groups saw them at work, they wanted to participate. So they approached this group of exiles and asked if they could participate in their building project. The answer was no.
The people who wanted to frustrate their plans were not their friends. Their intention all along was to sabotage their efforts. People who want to sabotage your efforts will do it from the inside or the outside. They will come on your project and cause chaos. The plan was to come into their camp and sow seeds of discord. Soon, the cohesive relationships that existed will disappear and the success of the project will be in jeopardy.
When they realized they couldn’t infiltrate and destroy from the inside, they decided to destroy their project from the outside. As a result, verse 5 says that they bribed agents to work against them and to frustrate their plans. Their enemies were so committed to derail their project that they were willing to pay others to cause problems. They wanted to cause frustration. Frustrated people would not be able to complete the job.
Today, there are those with the same mentality. Their aim is to prevent you from accomplishing your task. Stay focused! You are the only person who can allow outside forces to derail your plans. The purpose of your enemies is to frustrate you and your plans. Remember that you are up to the challenge. On old proverb says that to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Since you know that enemies are lurking in the camp, be selective with whom you share your plans. In addition, Philippians 4:13 says that you can do everything through Christ who gives you strength.
So in 2020, make bold attainable plans and go forth and conquer with the help of God. Your mission is possible!