Nehemiah 2:18 – Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
Nehemiah 4:2 – And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?
Nehemiah 4:3 – Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.
Nehemiah 6:3 – And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
Hello readers, hope you’ve had a great week. It’s Friday evening here in Adelaide, spring has arrived and with it longer days, more sun and generally warmer weather. Today I’m going to be talking about placing the next stone on the wall of your life. That’s all we can do is place the next stone. Stone upon stone the wall went up in the book of Nehemiah. That’s what rebuilding your life will take, just putting one stone in the wall after another. Rebuilding can be so intimidating, can look so hard, the destruction can be so vast, but rebuilding takes just putting one stone in after another while looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. Start making Biblical decisions for your life today, start refusing sin, start obeying God, start believing the Bible. If you want to put the walls back up in your life, if you want to rebuild a life that’s been left in tatters by sin, bad choices, wrong turns, unbelief, whatever… it starts with placing one stone upon another.
Nehemiah was a rebuilder, he got a burden to rebuild and rebuild he did. When we are we going to say enough is enough of our life of sin, when are we going to see what disobedience to God has done to our lives and those we have to do with? When are we going to do something about it? Rebuilding starts with Nehemiah arriving in town, and you’ll need to pray to Jesus Christ and truly seek him for any walls to ever go up in your life.
The situation of Jerusalem was that the walls were broken down and the gates burnt with fire. It can seem like our life is a lost cause in just about every point. Satan, the world and our flesh has made mincemeat of our best intentions and efforts, our hopes, ambitions and dreams. What could’ve been, but instead destruction. It is worth it to obey God and honor him in every area of our life. Get a good look at those broken walls and burnt gates, because sin will get us to that condition that Jerusalem was in when Nehemiah arrived.
Nehemiah was a man who heard about the state of Jerusalem and cared. He wanted to know how things were doing and then wanted to know what he could do. When you see the state of your life… do you care? Do you even care about what your life is achieving and where it’s at and where you’re going when you die? It’d do us well to look at our lives in the light of God’s word and see what’s going on, where our life is heading. Do we really want sin’s path, or do we want the narrow path of life? The Bible says to choose life.
Nehemiah found out that Jerusalem was basically a pile of rubble. Stones that made up the walls one down were just rubbish now. The city that could’ve and should’ve been a light to the nations, a place of truth and righteousness, a place where God’s word was and went forth… but instead it had been anything but. Why do we know better but still choose evil?
Well, Judah had sinned and sinned and sinned, they’d disobeyed God, they’d rejected all the prophets God sent, they had gone their own way and been conquered. We are how we are not because God hasn’t given us everything we need, but because we’ve rejected him in our blindness, and unthankfulness and unbelief.
Why do we think we are the ones who are going to be able to sin against God and get by with it forever. We think we can manage it. We see all the past examples of God judging peoples and nations, and yet we think we will be the exception.
We truly are our own biggest enemy. The biggest enemy to overcome is ourselves. We have a sinful nature that must be overcome by a new birth and faith in Jesus Christ. Remember those children of Israel, the Bible says they were overthrown in the wilderness. Us, like them, don’t make it to the promised land because we never get deliverance from that unbelief and lust and sin that’s deep in us. We never get delivered from us so we never make it to the life God has for us. Jerusalem wouldn’t have been destroyed if they didn’t love their sin so much. What we need is a new heart and with it a rebuilding of our lives.
But the problem with rebuilding is it’s hard to get started. And it’s also hard to know where to start. When ALL the walls are down, when ALL the gates are burnt… what do you do first? And when we do start, our gains are so small we get discouraged. After day one of rebuilding, it really didn’t look great. And their enemies were taunting them over it, reminding them of how pathetic the rebuilding was.
Sin can take so much from us in such a short time, yet rebuilding takes ages. Better think about that before you decide to chuck God out and go your own way. David’s one weakness with a beautiful woman was a short lived bit of fun for a long period of rebuilding his life. See, we need wisdom like Moses had… he weighed up the pleasures of sin which last for a season against following the Lord Jesus Christ… and it was no contest. We’ve got the look ahead and see the death that sin will produce in our life. We shouldn’t muck around with sin, it’s lying at our door, and we need to keep the door shut by being right with God. You can do a lot right in your life, but the little bit you do wrong, that little bit can seem to stand out far more than all the good you did. Sin has a high price, it will literally permeate and corrupt every facet of your life… and we need to seek God to rebuild us and by faith start placing stone upon stone in the wall.
We can easily start thinking what’s the point it’s too late, I’m too far gone. Too much water under the bridge. We get comfortable and embedded in how things are… the usual, the norm, how things are supposed to be. Everyone else was… nobody was doing anything until Nehemiah turned up with the fire of God in him to repair and rebuild.
Nehemiah sought the welfare of the children of Israel, I’m glad Jesus Christ sought my welfare, he sought out me a lost sheep gone astray in the wilderness, and he took me out the mouth of the lion just like when David chased that lion down to rescue the lamb out his mouth.
Rebuilding has to be the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, it has to be him leading us just as Nehemiah told them God’s word and galvanized, organized, ordered and lead the people. Instead of looking at the state of destruction, we need to look to Nehemiah, and obey him and take our place on the wall. Instead of seeing so much to do, so much waste, so much time gone… we need to just place the first stone, then grab another and place it on top. Nehemiah said they were doing a great work. Simply obeying today in your life is a great work, greater than you think.
We can see the enormity of the task, the insignificance of our rebuilding stone by stone, we can see the waste and loss that’s been… and it can stop us from ever rebuilding. I’m thirty years old now, and when there’s well established sin in my life, it’s really hard to overcome it. Because even if I make a change, it’s one day in the context of a whole lifetime. It doesn’t feel like much even when I do place one stone in the wall. Stone by stone is going to take commitment and purposing in your heart like Daniel did. They worked till the stars appeared. So often the reason we fail is because it’s not a reality, but religion. We separate Christianity from the rest of our life. We can be Christians in our heads, but not in our hearts. God’s gotta do a great work in you, it’s a truly great work to save sinners like us.
Rebuilding takes you doing. We are commanded to be doers of the word, not hearers only. The problem is we hear, but don’t do what we hear. It’s very easy to live in that land of hearing and knowing, but not doing in our lives.
Stone by stone those walls surely went up in the book of Nehemiah. Day after day they worked on the wall. Stone by stone was adding up. Obeying God in your daily life will add up to something great.
Don’t worry about the job looking too much. But boy the job looked too much… it looked hard! And getting victory over our sin and rebuilding from the ashes of defeat after defeat after defeat till all that’s left is rubbish… that’s hard. It’s too much for us. The job in all of our lives looks too much. The problem is we are looking to ourselves, not to our Nehemiah. We need God’s power and strength to rebuild, this isn’t a great fleshly feat, it’s by God’s grace through faith that you place stone upon stone. Faith because you’re doing what God told you to do.
We need God’s power in our lives to rebuild the walls. We have no strength, we have no ability. Jesus is our Nehemiah, he knows what the damage is, he knows what the situation is, he knows what to fix and how to fix it. He can pinpoint what needs to be done, he knows how to do it and how to get it done. Jesus can make something of the disaster of our lives. They hauled the stones out the rubbish and placed them in the wall. So you have to decide, do you want to stay in disaster, or do you want to rebuild?
So the job looked like too much for them… and when they started it… it didn’t look like much that they were achieving! Nehemiah’s enemies were laughing and scorning them over the small steps they were taking. Small humble steps in your life are mightier than you think. And the enemy is fixing to get afraid of you.
At the end of the day they’d have a gate fixed and a bit of a wall rebuilt, and it looked pathetic compared to the overall picture. You know, when you decide to choose life rather than death, when you purpose in your heart like Daniel did, when you come to that point where by God’s grace things are going to be different… it won’t look like you’re going anywhere fast. Tobiah and co said … Will they make an end in a day? They also said… Even if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall. That’s what Satan and your flesh will whisper to your heart. To discourage you, to make you give up, to make you surrender. Rebuilding might not look like much after a lifetime of sin when you finally choose right in your life.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:5 – Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Stone by stone you go in faith… and at the end it’s a spiritual house. Your life will go from dead religion and disaster to Jesus Christ dwelling your heart by faith. There will be worship and praise and power in your life, this thing will be alive. Christianity is often dead to us because we aren’t living it. The problem with our lives is there’s no spiritual reality, Christ isn’t in us, there’s no place prepared for him to dwell, a place prepared by repentance and faith. Jerusalem would go from a rubbish pile to a place of worship and glory to God. Do you want your life to be a life that honours and worships and glorifies God? God wants to dwell in you, change your life and use you to reach others, to be a light in this dark world. Those stones being placed don’t seem much… but turns out they are very lively stones, and your work on the wall is a much greater work than you think is going on.
You know how it’s hard to know what to do and where to begin? It starts with here and now, it’s your next decision in life, choosing to honour God with it. Each individual step will end up in the whole wall being complete. It’s God’s work. God wants to rebuild us, we but need to see the need for rebuilding and the importance to getting to the wall and placing stones upon stones. Yes it requires faith, it requires God’s grace, it requires us getting to he work rather than sitting around wallowing in pity, regret, disappointment, in the norm of self and sin.
We all need a revival. A revival of worship and praise, we need a spiritual revival inside us, and that means preparing our heart and rebuilding things in our life that are long put away. Rebuilding truth in our life, rebuilding faith, getting the cross of Jesus Christ back central in what we think and do. We need to read God’s word and obey it and not compromise in any area. It’s a great work that’s going on in your life if you are that person. It’ll add up to something a whole lot more than it looks now. Just place the next stone on the wall. Obey God today in your life in whatever situation you are in, and then the next, and then the next. Don’t listen to the enemy, don’t yield to your flesh, don’t wave the white flag to Satan, he wants you to stop because he’s terrified of the life of a true believer. By God’s grace through faith, just place the next stone on the wall of your life. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, believe him and obey him, today is the day.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)