Serving God requires a response to opposition
Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem were opposed to the rebuilding efforts of Jerusalem; they had a different agenda to that of Nehemiah. What do the personalities in Nehemiah and what they attempted to do represent today and in terms of the pushbacks. They represent political, spiritual, ethical and moral threats to the advancement of what God is building and the truth of Christ.
The issue in our Christian lives is not that we have, do or will face opposition, in different ways we all will.
In John 16:33, Jesus said to His own disciples: “I have told you these things so that, IN ME, you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world” Past tense! Note the two most important words in the scripture? “In Me”!
Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem represent a voice, that is a deviation and distraction away from the vision God places before us. They represent today what is a persistent and consistent persuasion away from the truth. What are the ‘voices’ we pay attention to that pollute our perspective, that hinder our serving, that cast doubt on who God is and potentially get in the way of God’s mission for us? This same voice of opposition says “you can’t do it, you won’t do it, and you’ve got better things to do with your time and your resources”.