Nehemiah and the Israelites had to deal with haters in the form of Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab. (Yep, even back then the Israelites were troubled by Arabs.) Like Statler and Waldorf on The Muppet Show, these three popped up several times throughout the narrative of the book of Nehemiah to taunt the Israelites, and at one point they even set up a plot to kill Nehemiah.
Nehemiah wasn’t fooled. He didn’t fall for the plot, and he did his best not to allow the Israelites to be brought down. Most importantly, he stayed faithful to God and remained determined to see the task through. He even prayed to God to deliver them from the opposition:
Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity.
Nehemiah 4:4 (NIV)
How do you handle opposition, especially when that opposition is also against God and His plans? It’s not always easy to look the haters in the face and persist in doing what’s right. But it’s worth the fight every time.