When we last looked at Nehemiah, Sanballat and Tobiah were constantly trying to intimidate him. The wall was half-way up and they felt that they could threaten him enough to stop its’ completion. Instead, this is what happened:
15 Even with all that interference, the wall was soon finished. It was the 25th day of Elul. The work had been accomplished in 52 days. 16 When our enemies heard the work was completeand the surrounding nations saw our wall, their confidence crumbled. Only one possible conclusion could be drawn: it was not just our efforts that had done this thing. God had been working alongside us. 17 These developments caused a flurry of correspondence between the nobles of Judah and Tobiah. 18 Many of these nobles in Judah were tied to Tobiah by a marriage oath.
He was the son-in-law of Shecaniah (Arah’s son), and his son Jehohanan was married to the daughter of Meshullam (Berechiah’s son). 19 These men constantly praised Tobiah in my presence, describing his good deeds to me. They also reported to Tobiah what I said. And still he sent me his letters; his attempts to intimidate me were ceaseless. Nehemiah 6:15-19 (The Voice)
Sanballat and Tobiah had to conclude that the building of the wall was not from the efforts of Nehemiah and his crew alone – it was evident that God was with them. However, that did not stop their spirit of intimidation; in fact, it spread:"his attempts to intimidate me were ceaseless".
This is the work of the enemy of our soul. He not only wants to stop you from doing the will of God, He wants to make you insignificant after you have done HIs will. He is constantly belittling you and trying to make you feel as if your life is inconsequential. This is an important truth – you have to know not only you have an enemy, but how that enemy works, for even after you have done the will of God:
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Hebrews 10:36 (KJV)