Scripture: Nehemiah 2:11-18
11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on. 13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work. 17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.
Sometimes we are overburdened by the cares of life, and succumb to temptations and the attacks of our enemy, Satan. What is the solution for our troubles? We need to turn to God and grow in faith. We need to rebuild the walls of our spiritual defenses. As we continue in our stewardship season, let’s remember these key points:
- We need to recognize our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and see the need to rebuild our spiritual defenses.
- We need to understand how to rebuild our walls; through focusing on the right things, growing our faith, and stewarding our resources for God’s kingdom.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- What is the state of your faith? How have you grown in faith, or regressed in your faith, this year?
- Can you think of some ways in which you can start to rebuild your spiritual defenses? Do you see this as a present need in your faith journey?
Lord, give us eyes to see our weaknesses and a heart to discern your Word. Only through your love and grace can we rebuild our walls, to be strong Christians for your kingdom’s work.