Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace! — Neh. 2:17 New Living Translation
Maybe you can relate to Nehemiah. He had the insurmountable challenge of rebuilding Jerusalem´s wall — with no money.
No cranes. No engineers. No bulldozers. No blueprints. No workers. NO RESOURCES.
All he had was a bunch of rocks, stones strewn everywhere, the tragic remains of Nebachadnezzar´s siege nearly 100 years earlier.The graceful wall of defense, once a wonder of ancient architecture, lay broken, a demolition job that embarrassed Jerusalemites. Not only did it remind them of past failures, it was present day eyesore and heartsore for the once proud inhabitants. Thieves and enemies could penetrate and wreak havoc in the city at will.
All Nehemiah had was will power.
So he prayed. And God did the impossible in response. Jerusalems´s men let their hearts be stirred and their hands set to action. They erected the wall in record time and restored dignity to the city.
The project before you is impossibly big. You yearn to extend the kingdom of God, but “financial realiteis” tell you to scale back your dreams. Instead, ramp up those dreams in prayer. If Nehemiah´s task was daunting, his testimony should encourage you. Let God do the same in your life that He did in Nehemiah´s. Be a rubble raiser!
Thank you Mike for the encouraging words. Here at home, we need to be reminded of God’s unfailing love, provision, and care on a daily basis. Keep it coming!
I will pray for you guys!
Good blog, but didn’t Cyrus fund the rebuilding for Nehemiah?
Thanks for the feedback, FaithMan. When we see that Nehemiah hosted workers at his table to eat, we can think of Cyrus´s financing. But when he “contracts” laborers, there´s no mention of financing. So Cyrus´s money was partial support at best. The stark reality for Nehemiah is the same for so many pastors — there is GREAT LACK. And praying in faith supplies this lack.
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