Nehemiah 2:17-18 (NIV): Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work. Nehemiah finished the task in 52 days!
Was the task over these years become easier that Nehemiah could just do it? How he was willing to leave Susa, the most prominent and beautiful city of its time to come to Jerusalem, a pile of rubble?
As you read through the book of Nehemiah it shows that situation had not changed in ninety years, but had become worse. There was a constant resistant from the enemy and conspiracy against Nehemiah to divert him from rebuilding the city. However, in spite of all the challenges Nehemiah finished the task.
How could Nehemiah finish the task? What was in Nehemiah’s toolbox? Nehemiah was a man of prayer. Through prayer Nehemiah was convinced of his call, confidence, and commitment to accomplish the task.
Nehemiah 2: 20 (NIV)
I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”
Friends, as followers of Christ you and I are also in the business of rebuilding broken lives; rebuilding broken cities.
What is in your toolbox to accomplish the task?