What Do Walls Have to Do with Me?

“Like a city whose walls are broken through

    is a person who lacks self-control” (Proverbs 25:28 NIV).

What does Nehemiah’s rebuilding project have to do with my life? Walls symbolize strength and protection. In ancient cities, walls were the first line of resistance. When our means of defense are torn down, the enemy has free access to our minds, emotions, and will, eventually impacting our families, churches, and communities. Reconstructing walls pictures the restoring and renewing of the strength of a life and a nation.

A good example is reconstruction that began in the United States immediately after the Civil War. Fierce opposition and even violence made the struggle to deal with the changes ushered in by slavery’s eradication intense, to say the least, and the Compromise of 1876 marked the end of Reconstruction as a distinct period. However, a century later, the legacy of Reconstruction was revived during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Sadly, the intervening loss of progress was great.

Although the challenges may seem to increase when the enemy sees us getting serious about rebuilding our strength of character and commitment to Christ, we cannot afford to compromise. Satan will consistently attempt to cause more rubble and destruction in the middle of our attempts at reconstruction, but we can respond as Nehemiah: “…The God of heaven will give us success. We His servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it” (Nehemiah 2:20 NIV).

Some intentional ways we can combat the enemy’s destructive tactics are:

  1. Unite with God’s people—the people, who had a mind to work with Nehemiah, labored together and fought for their brothers, sons, daughters, wives, and houses (Nehemiah 4:6, 14).
  2. Recognize your strategic position—people in every class of life from high priest to merchants, male and female, young and old, were engaged in repairing the wall nearest their own house (Nehemiah 3).
  3. Be willing and obedient—respond to whatever the Lord speaks to you to do for the greatest effectiveness.

Prayer focus: Father, we refuse to be intimidated by the enemy’s opposition to the reconstruction process you have for us. We trust You to expose his tactics and renew our strength to not only recognize but deal with the rubble of broken lives and devastated communities. You are not only a Carpenter; You are a Healer and Deliverer.

—     Kay Horner, Executive Director, Awakening America Alliance

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