Nehemiah had a massive task ahead of him as he looked to repair the walls around Jerusalem.
But it was an important one. As long as the walls were down, the Jews were defenseless against their enemies. And so after three days of rest, he started to inspect the damage. After doing so, he told his fellow Jews his plan to repair the walls. And taking heart from Nehemiah’s words and the authority they had received from King Artaxerxes, they started to work side by side to repair the walls.
What can we get from these chapters? I think there are a few things.
First, like Jerusalem, we are people with broken spiritual walls. And as long as those walls are broken down, we are vulnerable to the attacks of the Enemy. He has no mercy on us, especially since we have declared war on him by becoming Christians. He will keep attacking our weak points, trying to get us to fall and to drive us away from God.
For some of us, it’s a struggle with our temper. For others, it’s a struggle with lust. For others, it’s a struggle with unforgiveness. For yet others, it’s a struggle with bitterness. Whatever your struggle may be, they are broken walls in your life, and must be repaired if you are to become whole as a Christian.
Like Nehemiah, we need to take a careful look at our lives in the light of God’s word and see just where the damage in our walls are. Where are we often falling to temptation? What are the areas Satan is attacking us in. Satan isn’t stupid. He doesn’t waste his time attacking us where we’re strong. He attacks us where we are weak. So inspect your walls and see what needs to be repaired.
Second, know that the King is on our side and that he has given us the resources to repair the walls. Peter put it this way,
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (II Peter 1:3)
Finally, not only is God on our side, but we should be working side by side with our brothers and sisters to rebuild the walls in our lives.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
In other words, we ought to be accountable to one another. Find a Christian you can trust, and share your struggles with them. Have them pray for you. Do the same for them. And as you do, you’ll find the walls in your lives starting to be rebuilt.