let us rise up and build
“And I went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were burned with fire. And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.” (Nehemiah 2:13,18)
We all have hearts with walls which were broken down and gates which were burned with fire. We live in a damaged world of deceit, where it is easy to get hurt and wounded, broken down and burned with fire.
The important thing, though? Jesus does not leave us there. He came to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1). We can leave the past behind because God will make us new (Isaiah 43:18-19).
What we have to realize is, we are not alone in this. We are not the only ones broken down and burned with fire. Neither are we the only ones in the process of building ourselves back up again. We all have our own part of the wall that we can build really well — and therefore we should. But to make ourselves whole, to make others whole, to make our church and community whole — we need others, broken down and burned with fire just like us, building their part next to us.
Another thing we need to realize is, when we are being restored and we are coming closer to being whole. There will be those who get angry at us, who come in attacking and creating confusion. The enemy does not want us becoming whole in Jesus. So he comes, wrecking around, trying to shatter us and to turn us away from the Lord. We need to be on the lookout for that, realizing that the enemy will come and try to steal, kill and destroy.
Know this, though — the hand of your God is upon you. You are kept by the power of God (1 Peter 1:5).