… in Judah it was said, ‘The strength of the burden bearers is failing, Yet there is much rubbish; And we ourselves are unable to rebuild the wall.’ … When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke … ‘Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.'” – Nehemiah 4:10, 14
Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes.
Wild weather patterns have increased over the last few years. Unexpected storms have destroyed homes and entire towns. In many cases, years are required to repair what was damaged in moments. Sometimes areas are never restored to what they once were.
Aside from material loss, losing life “as you knew it” must surely wreak even more havoc. I can’t imagine the sense of despair and sorrow people have experienced as they survey the rubble of their previous home or business. The thought of starting over and rebuilding has got to be overwhelming.
The Israelites certainly knew that feeling. Jerusalem lay in ruins almost 2,500 years ago, and the Jews faced the enormous task of rebuilding their city wall. Plus, they had to endure taunts and threats of antagonistic enemies – even to the point that their lives were endangered.
They grew tired … discouraged … and fearful.
But God used an extraordinary leader named Nehemiah to focus them on an eternal truth: The Lord is great and awesome. As the Israelites dwelt upon Him, they returned to their work – trusting in their God and holding onto a weapon.
Dear friend, what ruined wall are you trying to rebuild? A relationship, your finances, lifestyle choices … a dream? Do you feel like your strength is gone, your hope has vanished, and the evil one is breathing down your neck? Don’t give up …
Remember! The Lord is great and awesome.
No matter how great the challenge, God is greater.
No matter how impossible the situation, God can awe us with His power.
Our part is to remember Him … and fight.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12