I loved how Nehemiah did not become discouraged despite ridicule, opposition, and even false allegations and character attacks. He prayed and continue to stay the course. When we are ridiculed or experience opposition we, too, should not become discouraged, but rather persevere through it, knowing that God will be with us as He has promised. When God calls us to do something, He will enable us to complete it, but we still have to be determined to get through any obstacles that may appear. Just because it's God's will, doesn't mean it will be easy. He is faithful, may we be so as well.
I also appreciated how the people worked together - some built the wall, while others stood guard. We, too, need to help one another.
We see in both Nehemiah 5 and in our NT passage God's concern for the poor and His intolerance for those who take advantage of people in tough situations for their own greed and profit. As believers, we should never exploit people, but rather be quick to help.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Nehemiah 7-9; Luke 20:1-26