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 NKJV
In ancient times, a wall was necessary for the protection of the city. When the wall was in place, the city was safe. When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he found the wall in disrepair. He began the work to repair the wall. Not everyone was happy that he was spearheading the project. Two men, Sanballat and Tobiah, wanted to have a conversation with him. His reply was I’m doing a great work. Needless to say, he did not meet with them. He knew his task but he also knew their motives. They were unhappy with the project and wanted to harm Nehemiah.
When you find yourself doing a task and your progress upsets some, they might want to talk to you. The purpose of that talk was to interfere with the building of the wall. The harm they might want to inflict might not be physical but could be just as deadly. Proverbs 4:25 says, “Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions.” They were a distraction in Nehemiah’s life and they could be a distraction in yours. Value the task, don’t give way to distraction.
Thought for Today: Focus on the task at hand
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory