A few nights ago I awakened in the middle of the night. I wish I could say that this is unusual, however it’s not. I think in response to nearing the mid of my life, one of the biggest interruptions I am experiencing is sleep disruption….but that is for another blog. At any rate, I heard the Holy Spirit say one word. Clear as a bell, it whispered, “Sanballot.” I recalled hearing about Sanballat, but my mind at 2am was unable to conjure up the memory. Nonetheless, I couldn’t rest in my uncertainty, so I googled Sanballat. When I tell you, I was blown away, listen. God got me straight with a whisper.
In case you need a little clarity, in the fourth chapter of Nehemiah, Sanballat served as distraction to the Jews as they attempted to build the wall. Further, Sanballat was angry about the building. As I considered the juxtaposition of the spirit of Sanballat and what I am navigating, I realized it was God’s way of either calling me in about my controlling characteristic and disrupting what He is doing in my life or He was informing me to resist being wearied by the sprit of Sanballat in what He’s instructed me to do. Or perhaps it is both. Nevertheless, bottom line is for me (and you) to be strengthened in our faith in knowing that whatever God is doing will go forth and we are not to be overwhelmed with distraction. It will show itself, that is for sure, but our response to it, must resemble those of the Jews and that was to keep building. They did not allow the distraction to take them off task. As a matter of fact, they created an infrastructure to ensure that their enemies would not attack them. While some were building the wall, others were on guard. They also prayed to God and specifically asked God to hinder their enemies’ attaks. They continued to believe that God would enable them to build accordingly and He did. It is imperative that we create a regimen to make certain that we complete the task that God has set before us and that we too have a systemic approach to our practice.
The spirit of Sanballat is designed to discourage us. Yet, we may be encouraged by Isaiah 43:16-19 that provides clear and compelling evidence of God’s ability and willingness to do the impossible: “Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
What is God whispering to you? Secondly, are you listening? It’s hard out here. God never said that it wouldn’t be. But just like in biblical times, God has promised that whatever we attempt for Him will be blessed – we’ve just got to muster up the courage and strength to do our part…and drown out the voice and spirit of Sanballat while we keep building. I’ll take the whisper of God any day, even at 2am.