God is in the business of rebuilding broken lives. Welcome to a series on the book of Nehemiah. Can you think of some things that once shook you to the core, but then over the period of time began to happen so much that it just feels normal?
The city of Jerusalem had been in ruins for about 9 decades and it seemed that the people had begun to accept it and think that nothing is going to change. Jerusalem has been in this condition for so long that its leaders have lost the ability to believe that it can be rebuilt again; it can be healed again.
Psalm 24:1 (NIV)
The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.
Isaiah 58:12 (NIV)
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Nehemiah 1:3 (NIV)
They told me, “Those in the province who survived the captivity are in great trouble and shame! The wall around Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been destroyed by fire!”
However, Nehemiah refused to accept something that was being accepted as part of life. Nehemiah wanted to God’s people delivered from pain, shame, disgrace, and embarrassment.
He knew God’s plan was to restore the people after the captivity. The first chapter of the book of Nehemiah shows that in order to become the rebuilders of broken cities, rebuilders of broken lives we got to open our hearts to feel their pain and brokenness and ask God how to rebuild the broken lives. We got to feel first hand how God feels about those things that need to be restored.
When I heard this news, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Nehemiah finished the task in 52 days!