When Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard that the wall was rebuilt, they wanted to have a meeting with Nehemiah in the plain of Ono, thinking to do him harm, accusing him of planning a revolt and declaring himself king. Nehemiah refused, stating the following: “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” Five times they sent the message to him, and he refused, denying the accusations. Nehemiah prayed to God to strengthen his hands in the work. He met with Shemaiah, and secret informant, who told Nehemiah to meet in the temple behind closed doors, because his accusers were planning to come and kill him by night. Nehemiah said that he would not hide, and perceived that he was a hired prophet rather than from God. He then prayed this prayer:
“14 …My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have made me afraid.”
Be sure to whose voice you are listening. Nehemiah was a righteous man, and heard from the Lord, and could discern the voices speaking to him. Seek the face of God and the discernment of the Holy Spirit as you go through your day and your life. Many voices will speak, but you must only listen to those which are of God. May the voice of evil be rendered speechless, and may the voice of righteousness speak with authority in your life!