As Christians, we often think of adversity originating from more malevolent sources, forgetting that its source can sometimes originate closer to home.
Nehemiah, in previous chapters, had to overcome opposition from outlying enemies. In this chapter however we see him dealing with opposition from neighbours and fellow Jews. People who had been previously united when opposed by an outside enemies were being threatened by internal strife and dissension.
Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking only those outside of the church can hinder God’s plan, but division within the church can be just as detrimental to our walk with God.