In this chapter, we find Nehi facing Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of his enemies. They plotted to kill Nehi and invited him to a “meeting.” Nehi realized their schemes and ignored their request for a meeting.
On the fifth invite, one of Sanballat’s servants came with an “open letter” to the king, informing him that Nehi was planning on revolting and taking over as king (that’s why he was rebuilding the wall). That definitely had some serious ramifications. My “what-if generator” went off just reading about it. Yet, Nehi remained calm and unaffected. He had a job to do and trusted God that it would get done:
8 My reply was, “You know you are lying. There is no truth in any part of your story.”
Then, Mehetabel tried to convince Nehi that God had told him that his enemies were coming to kill him and that he needs to hide behind lock and key. Nehi realized it was not God speaking, but Sanballat and Tobiah (who had hired Mehetabel). He declared:
11 But I replied, “Should someone in my position run away from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!”
So, Nehi remained unafraid. His eyes were on God and the goal God had given him. He knew who he was and what place he had in God’s plan. He trusted God. He had great faith; peace in the storm.
Lord, increase my trust in You.