“…they thought to do me harm” —Nehemiah
Enemy’s tactic #1—Get Nehemiah preoccupied with attending meaningless meetings.
Nehemiah’s response—“I’m doing a great work; I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?”
Enemy’s tactic #2—Send out letters slandering Nehemiah.
Nehemiah’s response—“There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” Then he prayed, “God, give me strength.”
Enemy’s tactic #3—Try to scare Nehemiah into running away.
Nehemiah’s response—“Should someone in my position run from danger? I know that God wouldn’t like that.”
Nehemiah had a vision from God and he stayed focused on that.
- It determined his priority
- It set his daily agenda
- It gave him discernment
- It gave him courage
The result: “When all our enemies heard [that we had completed our project]…they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.”
A mark of a godly leader is one so focused on God’s plan that he pays no attention to his critics or enemies.
This is part 7 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out the previous posts here:
- Godly Leaders Raise Up Godly Leaders
- Godly Leaders Must Do Hard Things
- A Godly Leader’s “We”
- Godly Leaders Prayerfully Plan
- Godly Leaders Can Inspire Everyone To Pursue One Vision
- A Leader’s Most Powerful Resource