My husband continued the series on Nehemiah that he started last week. I remember I once heard that Nehemiah was supposed to be the shortest man in the Bible –through a silly pun on his name, “knee-high-miah” #itsnottrue;) Learning deeper through the book of Nehemiah has been very seasonal for my own life. I am so proud of my husband and his dedication to speaking the word of God into our lives.
Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.”
Cities have barriers or walls to keep them safe from outsiders and to keep them protected. But most significantly the wall is a barrier that sets it apart from the rest; a symbol of strength. I could only imagine how large the task looked at hand when looking at those broken walls. Lying waste.
We may see a part of ourselves or someone we know and see an unforeseeable task at hand. However faint not! We must be obedient to build. We have all met people whose defenses have crumbled away. They have become lukewarm or simply careless for the “ruins” around them, drifting up and down the streets, or coming and going from our very own homes, absolutely hopeless and helpless. What we have as our tools is Jesus and his grace offered up to all from the cross. Anytime we try to do things on our own it will only crumble. I know this firsthand. I was encouraged to keep building that which God showed in me is broken. Checking my own heart I noticed a ton of ruins and not so pretty places. God is the rebuilder of broken walls and lives. Come to HIM. It was amazing to see what a miracle and how fast they were able to rebuild that wall of Jerusalem all because of the Lord’s guiding hand was at work.
As Charles Spurgeon wrote:
“Beloved reader, be it your aim in heart, in word, in dress, in action to maintain the broad wall, remembering that the friendship of this world is enmity against God
Separated from the world, and denying ourselves all ungodliness and fleshly lusts, we are nevertheless not in prison, nor restricted within narrow bounds. Nay, we walk at liberty, because we keep his precepts. Come, reader, this evening walk with God in his statutes. As friend met friend upon the city wall, so meet your God in the way of holy prayer and meditation.”
It was followed by communion where we checked our hearts and then after church Roman did some barbecue from the meat we marinated and we enjoyed some fellowship to top off the weekend.
I pray that you be encouraged. What was your take home message this week?