Nehemiah 4:1-4 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall he exploded in anger, vilifying the Jews. In the company of his Samaritan cronies and military, he let loose: “What are these miserable Jews doing? Do they think they can get everything back to normal overnight? Make building stones out of make-believe?” At his side, Tobiah the Ammonite jumped in and said, “That’s right! What do they think they’re building? Why, if a fox climbed that wall, it would fall to pieces under his weight.” Nehemiah prayed, “Oh listen to us, dear God. We’re so despised: Boomerang their ridicule on their heads; have their enemies cart them off as war trophies to a land of no return.
Ridicule can cut deeply, causing discouragement and despair. Not everyone from our past is going to be pleased we are now in the process of ‘Life Recovery’ Some in fact (usually those who are living lives similar to the ones we have escaped) may ridicule in hope that we will turn back to our old way of living (where they feel more comfortable with us) When we find ourselves taunted by others for changing our lives. Are mocked for being different we need to God, remember His promises to us and be encouraged in His strength to keep moving forward.
Joshua 1:9 “Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
Psalms 69:6 “Don’t let those who look to you in hope Be discouraged by what happens to me, Dear Lord! GOD of the armies! Don’t let those out looking for you Come to a dead end by following me.”
Galatians 6:9 “Let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time, we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.”
Hebrews 12:5 “Don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children? My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline but don’t be crushed by it either.