WEDNESDAY March 15, 2017
Rebuild Wall––Restored Status
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.” And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. - Nehemiah 2:17-18
Notice, Nehemiah was a good leader; he placed himself in the same distressful situation as the people. He was with them together, for the long haul––no matter how much time it would take to rebuild. Think about it––Nehemiah did not need to be in this difficult place, he could have stayed secure in a nice palace. But he heeded the call of God, and left everything behind to become joined with God’s people––that is the ministry.
Nehemiah began to instill hope in the lives of the people. He encouraged unity and gave them a renewed purpose––to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. In doing so, Nehemiah made them understand they would regain their status. Once they begun the work to rebuild the walls together, their enemies could no longer mock or harass them. They would be respected as a nation. Nehemiah, spiritually speaking would also rebuild the walls of the people’s lives––that is so important.
As Nehemiah brought them a good report, he was able to reassure the people. He relayed how God’s hand was on his life, as the Lord had given him great favor with King Artaxerxes, who had given him abundant provision. Nehemiah continued to unify the people so that they would be able to stand with him, to do the work of God. The people were greatly encouraged by Nehemiah’s leadership. But despite Nehemiah’s efforts to rebuild the walls, they would face strong opposition from their enemies.
Are you prepared to face opposition when doing the work of the Lord?
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