One of the great teats of leadership is how you handle opposition. Nehemiah faced the usual tactics of the opposition: ridicule (Neh 4:1-3), resistance (4:7-8); and rumour (4:11-12). Nehemiah modeled the right response to all three of these challenges. He…
- Relied on God (4:4-5)
- Respected the opposition (4:9)
- Reinforced his weak points (4:13)
- Reassured the people (4:14)
- Refused to quit (4:15)
- Renewed the people’s strength continually (4:16-23).
While Nehemiah 4 concerns problems from without, chapter 5 deals with problems from within – disputes about food, property and taxes.
Persistence is the ultimate gauge of our Christian life; the secret is to outlast our critics. Nehemiah tauht us this lesson by staying committed to his ultimate calling
Adapted from John Maxwell’s Leadership bible (p.600)