Don’t let the Doubters Keep You From Your Call
Nehemiah 2:19-20 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked. I replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”
As we go through life, we quickly learn we are not always prepared or equipped for the missions God has for us. We know our weaknesses and faults quite well and when we are challenged to step out in faith people like to point out the things that will keep us from succeeding. They whisper and laugh behind our backs and even to our faces, and it leaves us with a choice. To decide they, our doubters, are right and give up or trust in God who called us and try.
For Nehemiah, no one thought the walls could be rebuilt. He wasn’t a leader or someone who knew anything about construction. He was the king’s cup bearer and his job was to die in place of the king. That’s not much of a life, wondering if every sip or bite could be your last as you protect the king from being poisoned with what he ate or drank. He was expendable and not a leader.
Yet like Nehemiah having doubters we have ours and ultimately we can repeat to them what Nehemiah said, “The God of heaven will help me succeed.” Or we can give up and fail before we even try. For me personally I would rather fail trying then live with the regrets inaction caused by doubt and insecurity.
Don’t let you doubts, insecurities, or criticism, keep you from God’s promise and purpose for your life!