What’s your agenda? Why do you seem to be so caring when clearly you have other plans? Why does this just feel wrong?
Have you ever had that type of feeling about something or someone? You just know they are merely just setting you up for something that would benefit themselves at your expense!
Nehemiah has just had challenge after challenge to deal with because of these two clowns, Sanballat and Tobiah. I mean these guys are relentless. Not only did these two not like Nehemiah and the work he was doing but they brought in other people to feed their agenda. What was their agenda? It wasn’t only that they didn’t want the wall to be finished, there was a bigger issue. They wanted to be the ones recognized as the leader. They wanted the glory! Be careful of people like that!
The set up was simple, yet potentially devastating. They wanted Nehemiah to go somewhere that would call into question his integrity. Then he would be given a bad name!
Nehemiah knew in his heart what was happening! We know it too! The Lord gives us insight into things by giving us checks in our spirit about those who have different agendas, or when we are tempted to go somewhere that will tarnish us.
How does Nehemiah handle this? He doesn’t engage them, he hands them over to God to let him deal with these two and their hired gun! I am always amazed that people who have agendas try to drag people into their own agenda. Misery loves company! Nehemiah knew this too, and he simply prayed that God would deal with them!
As Nehemiah always did, he went back to building the wall. Let’s not get distracted by those who have their own agendas, let’s allow God to deal with them and press on as people and leaders!
Nehemiah 6:10-14 10 One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, “Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you—by night they are coming to kill you.”
11 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” 12 I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.
14 Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophet Noadiah and how she and the rest of the prophets have been trying to intimidate me.