So I answered them, and said to them, "The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem." – Nehemiah 2v20
Any work for God is going to face opposition. Even though Ezra had the backing of the king the people in the land did not like the fact that he was going to rebuild the city walls in Jerusalem. They had become might accustomed to wandering in and out among the ruins salvaging building materials and whatever else they could find, Surely they had heard from their parents what a powerful force Judah had been.
So they rose up in opposition to Ezra and his work. Ezra could easily have been afraid or daunted by the opposition, but if he was he sure doesn’t show it.
‘The God of heaven will prosper,’ Ezra said, ‘therefore we, His servants, will arise and build these walls.’ ‘You,’ he went on, ‘have no right to Jerusalem.’
‘God will prosper us’ is a motto that we need to keep in mind as we strive to serve Him today. The principle carries over to the New Testament and God’s instructions to the church. We know that our labour for Him is not in vain. We know that if we don’t quit we will reap in due time.
No matter how bad it gets. No matter how great the opposition seems. No matter how powerful the enemy is. We can take confidence in the great truth that our God WILL prosper us!