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?”
Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building-if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!”
Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.
So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
Ever had a Sanballat in your life? Some people just seem to be in our path to discourage us from what God has told us to do. The Jews have a great response here. First of all they pray that God would take care of the mockers. It doesn’t say they answered back to those folks – they are letting God deal with them. Then they kept going. They let themselves be motivated by those who were poking at them and finished half of the wall… because they went for it with all their heart. Today, be thankful that God never leaves you alone with the people who make your life trying. He is always right there!! : o )