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Evil: "no portion, nor right, nor memorial"

From the March 1982 issue of The Christian Science Journal


The biblical story of Nehemiah rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem is a useful case history for anyone wishing to better understand the Christly way to deal with evil suggestions—with whatever would abort, hinder, divert, discourage, or defeat any good work.

When Nehemiah first heard about the broken walls and burned gates of Jerusalem, he was deeply distressed and prayed for God's guidance. As the idea for rebuilding the structure began to form, opposition to this endeavor quickly surfaced among the enemies of the Jews—Sanballat and Tobiah—for "it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man [Nehemiah] to seek the welfare of the children of Israel." Neh. 2:10. This is a typical response of evil—to be made distraught by the pure light of a good example and a God-directed work.

By night, and unknown to the opposition, Nehemiah carefully inspected the area. From the outset, he wisely hid his intentions and did not reveal his plans to the rulers, priests, or workers. Just so today, every righteous endeavor, every constructive work, must rest on the sure foundation of quiet reliance on God alone.

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