Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates), that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.
So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”
Progress, even great and profound progress is not exempt from adversity. In fact, it is often met with opposition. Sanballat, Tobiah and Gershem are illustrative of organized and even dignified flesh. It will persecute the Spirit in an effort to thwart spiritual progress. Our response to this must be like that of Nehemiah: we will not come down from doing the work of God in order have a meeting discussing the efforts of the flesh. The work of reconciliation is a great work; a great ministry. Do not come down from it.
-Brother Pat Woods