What to Do When Mocked

To read the Bible in a year, read Nehemiah 4–6.
Nehemiah worked on a great project, rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. However, not everyone rejoiced in his work, “But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews” (Nehemiah 4:1). Sanballat mocked the Jews with these words, “And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, ‘What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?’” (Nehemiah 4:2). Another sworn enemy of the Jews mocked as well, “Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, ‘Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall’” (Nehemiah 4:3). Wha t did Nehemiah do? Listen to him, “Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders” (Nehemiah 4:4, 5).
Are you engaged in a good work? Has anyone mocked it? Well, now you know what Nehemiah did; what shall you do?

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