Hired Distraction

All he needed to do was to stick to the rules and throw the ball straight back to the opposition player who earned the free kick.
But just as Griffin Logue was about to throw it, Nick Riewoldt called for the ball to be thrown to him. In the heat of the moment and out of respect for a senior player drafted 16 years before he was, Logue re-directed his throw in Riewoldt’s direction. But just as the ball was about to reach him Riewoldt jumped out of the way and allowed the ball to fall to the ground.
Although the umpire missed Riewoldt’s call for the ball, he didn’t miss the fact the ball was not thrown back to the right player. The umpire blew his whistle and called for a 50m penalty which led to a game defining goal!
Nehemiah also faced a crucial moment of decision. Would he listen to the words of a trusted friend, or would he stick to the path he knew God was leading him on:
‘One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah… He said, “Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple , and let us close the temple doors, because men are [coming by night] to kill you” – Nehemiah 6:10 (NIV)
Nehemiah knew it wasn’t right, but what could he say to a friend who claimed to speak on behalf of God?
‘But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” (6:11)
Although his friend was convincing, it was Nehemiah’s devotion to the Word of God that prevented him from making a pressured decision:
‘I realised that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me [and] had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me’ (6:12-13)
Nehemiah was a great leader, he refused to see himself as a special case and continued to follow the Voice of God rather than the opinion of man.
No matter how convincing our modern day ‘prophets’, may be, never let the move star, pop star, TV Host or your best friend lead you away from the truth of the Word of God. 
It was a defining moment for Nehemiah and Logue, and it may also determine the direction of your life as you take the next step ahead of you!


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