2 Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm.3 And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” 4 And they sent to me four times in this way, and I answered them in the same manner.
9 For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God,[b] strengthen my hands.
10 Now when I went into the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. They are coming to kill you by night.” 11 But I said, “Should such a man as I run away? And what man such as I could go into the temple and live?[c] I will not go in.”
14 Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, according to these things that they did, and also the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who wanted to make me afraid.
I wrote this today to remind me that in life people will intimidate you. You have two choices: be intimidated or not to be intimidated because God is with you. Early this year my friend and one that I consider to be my pastor Jojo Henson said that in my leadership, I will be intimidated. His words of encouragement – do not be intimidated and do not be afraid to take risks. The enemy will intimidate us so that we won’t do great work that God has called us to do. He would sow fear and lies in our brain to stop us from pursuing what God has called us to do.
We should take our stand because our foundation is not our own dreams and ambition but God’s dream and calling for us. Nehemiah knew God called him to finish the wall. He did so with intense focus and strength that comes only from God. Even people who wanted him dead cannot get into his calendar. He was so busy living out God’s will he had no time to be murdered or killed. Wouldn’t you love to have a schedule like that. You are too busy living- that you have no time to die.