Jerusalem has been destroyed by the Babylonians, the city wall lay in ruins. Some of the Jewish people were in exile in Babylon, only farmers were left. Nehemiah was a Jewish man, who served in the privileged position as cupbearer to the king Artaxerxes of Persia. Nehemiah was visited by his brother and others from his home country of Judah.
Nehemiah learns that the people in Jerusalem were in trouble and the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed. He wept and mourned for many days, fasting and praying to God, he confesses his sins and the sins of his people and asks for the Lord’s mercy.
God enables him to find favor from the king (Nehemiah 2:8). Who allows him to return and rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. He calls up the Jewish people to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and explains to them how God’s hand was on this work.
When the enemies mocked Nehemiah and the builders of the wall, they were not intimidated and the work continued, with prayers and wisdom. They set families to guard their work. He also encouraged the people not to be afraid of the enemies. Altogether they finish rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days because of God’s hand was upon their work.
Points of Reflection:
1. Nehemiah earned the king’s credibility. As a child of God, it is important to have credibility with people in authority, i.e. parents, teachers, supervisors, and pastors.
2. Nehemiah fasted and prayed to God and asked for God’s mercy prior to taking action. In order to rebuild, we need preparation in the presence of God.
3. Nehemiah’s testimony was not only rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem but also rebuilding the lives of people.
4. He did not claim glory for himself but always gave God the credit for his successes.
5. When Nehemiah faced opposition from his enemies, he did not give up his trust in God. We may decide to rebuild something in our lives such as our relationship with God or our family/friends. We need to remember that the enemy tries to stop the rebuilding process by various means. We need to remain focused on God and not give up.
Dear loving Heavenly Father, Please, help me to be faithful and humble before you. Lord, give me the courage and strength to rebuild the things that you want me to rebuild in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.
Nehemiah 2:18 NKJV.
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. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.