Nehemiah 6:3, “And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?”
This was Nehemiah’s response to those that had come to try to hinder the work that Nehemiah was trying to do. Nehemiah knew that they didn’t come for good reason. Nehemiah 6:2 states, “That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.” These people came to be a distraction to Nehemiah and those that were working on the wall.
In the Christian life, we must learn to deal with distractions. Distractions are everywhere. We must remain focused lest we allow the distractions to keep us from reaching our goal. The best passage about dealing with distractions I believe is Philippians 3:13-14. It says, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” We must stay focused and not allow distractions to keep us from serving the Lord.