And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. ~ Nehemiah 4:15
One of the great tests of leadership is how you handle opposition. Nehemiah faced the usual tactics of the opposition: ridicule, resistance, and rumor. Nehemiah modeled the right response to all three of these challenges by . . .
– Relying on God.
– Respecting the opposition.
– Reinforcing his weak points.
– Reassuring the people.
– Refusing to quit.
– Renewing the people’s strength continually.
Nehemiah had to deal with problems from without-ridicule, resistance, and rumor-and within-disputes about food, property, and taxes.
Persistence is the ultimate gauge of our leadership; the secret is to outlast our critics. Nehemiah taught us this lesson by staying committed to his ultimate calling.