But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of my arrival, they were very displeased that someone had come to help the people of Israel. (Nehemiah 2:10, NLT)
Not everyone got the memo.
Nehemiah watched as God prepared and provided. Nehemiah witnessed the overwhelming kindness and favor of the king as he supported Nehemiah’s plan 100%.
But not everyone was on board. Not everyone wants to see the plans of God succeed. There will always be those who’s self-seeking and self-serving plans come against God, and us.
Awareness of this doesn’t necessarily make it easier. Jesus wanted us to be ready for this kind of thing. He told his followers: 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12, NIV)