Lessons from Nehemiah

Today I want to share about a few things God was showing me through the story of Nehemiah when he rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem. There is A LOT in this story so I am only expanding on part of the story. (Nehemiah 4:15-23) We find in this story that the walls of Jerusalem had been burned in previous wars. In chapter 4 of Nehemiah we see that the Israelites were in the process of rebuilding the wall and they had enemies that were not too keen on the idea. Read full story Nehemiah 3 to 7) Nehemiah had each person responsible for rebuilding and defending their part of the wall. They had a tool in their hand and a sword tied around their waste. If they were attacked they would defend their portion of the wall, and with the blow of a trumpet to alert the rest of Israel of the attack and the need for reinforcements.

What I want to share about this story:

What’s your place in the wall?  Each of us have a place in the Kingdom of God. After we have made God Lord of our lives. (Learn how here) It’s important to hear the Lord on what is your place on the wall? (Learn how to hear the voice of the Lord)  God has a place that is uniquely yours. It’s crafted for you. When a person comes to know the Lord, but does not seek the Lord for their place in the Kingdom you’ll find that their passion and love for the Lord will wain. We learn in Proverbs 28:19 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” We will find true joy being in the place that the Lord has for us.

What tool have we been given? God has given us each gifts and talents that we were created to use. The list is long. Someone’s tool could be their creativity, being a parent, being a friend, etc. The list really is so long I can’t even begin to do it justice. What is the tool that God has given you?  What are the things that He’s placed in your heart? It is so common to limit what we believe God counts as a gifting or calling. 2 Timothy 1:6 says For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” We must seek the Lord and learn what is the tools He’s placed in our hands?

Keep your sword polished. Ephesians 6:17 says  “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. The Word of God is our sword of the Spirit. Please keep in mind we do not fight flesh and blood but the works of the enemy the devil. (Ephesians 6:12) It’s important that we keep ourselves sharp in the Word of God. Reading, memorizing scriptures, studying and asking the Lord to help us understand.  As with a physical sword it is little use against the enemy if we do not know how to use it. If we don’t spend time getting familiar with the weight and balance.

Know that your part is important. We have a place in the wall, we’ve been given the tools and we are polishing our swords. We must also understand that the part we play is important. We are way to quick to dismiss ourselves as not important. I encourage you to examine that thoughts and see it for it’s falsehood. The God of all creation created you. Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” He loved you enough to die to pay the price for every sin you’ve committed and will commit Hebrews 12:1-3 we learn that for the joy (us) set before Him He endured the cross. Christ counted you worth of the cross. Remember your part is important.

I encourage you take time and really take these points into your heart and mind. Seek the Lord as you learn: What’s your place in the wall? What tools have you been given? How to polish and use the Word of God. And allow your importance to truly sink in.

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