Have you ever felt you needed a fresh start in your spiritual journey? Have you ever sensed something was lacking in your spiritual life? Have you ever taken stock of your defenses against the onslaught of enemy attacks and found the walls of your spiritual stronghold in ruins?
If your answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative, then I encourage you to spend a little time reading the book of Nehemiah. It opens our eyes to grand vistas of what God is able to do in the lives of those who trust in Him. In just fifty-two days the walls of Jerusalem went from rubble to renewal. Nehemiah 6:15-16 summarizes this as follows:
“The wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul. It had taken fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard the news and all the surrounding nations saw it, our enemies totally lost their nerve. They knew that God was behind this work.” (MSG)
While there is reason to be amazed at the rapid rebuilding of the wall, an even greater rebuilding feat seems to have occurred during this process. As the children of Israel experienced the mighty hand of God at work in their lives, their hearts were renewed; their souls were stirred and their spirits revived.
What they needed; we need. Metaphorically speaking, we all have many “unfinished walls” in our lives and ministries. However, this is not our most pressing need. If you listen closely to the pulse of Christ followers today, you will find that our hearts are yearning for fresh fire from the Lord.
The good news is: What Israel experienced; we can experience. Make no mistake about it, just as God enabled His people to finish building the walls of Jerusalem, He will enable us to experience the joy of fulfilling our Kingdom calling and accomplishing the work He has given each of us to do. Spend some time with God’s servant Nehemiah and you will see there is no reason to give up, given in our give out.
Grace and peace to all,
Bill Williams, a sojourner