Nehemiah 6: 15 – 7: 3
There is a road project near our house that started in May, and it is currently still in progress with a few more months to go. I thought about that project as I read about the building of the wall of Jerusalem. They rebuilt the wall in 52 days! I don’t know about you, but to me that is a testimony of God’s work. Verse 16 tells us, “When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” When God’s hand is in a building project, you know it! Whether it is rebuilding a life, family, church, or community; if God’s hand is in it, it will be hard to deny supernatural involvement. It just will not make sense! It is like God puts a stamp on the job that says, “God Was (and is) Here.”
In chapter 7:2, we read that Nehemiah appointed a leader with integrity and a healthy respect for God. In verse 3, we read that he set up rules of when the gates could be open and set up guards throughout the city. Nehemiah was not letting down his defenses just because the wall was done. He was setting up safeguards to keep the city protected in case someone got through their defenses. Isn’t that a very human temptation to finish a job and sit and relax? Nehemiah still did not relax; he continued to work on the city’s defenses.
What are our defenses? Let’s go back and look at the armor of God in Ephesians 6 : 10 – 18. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” We need to be rooted in truth and faith, living a life that pleases God, stand firm in the peace that God gives, know that our salvation comes from Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, and BE IN THE WORD. Nehemiah shows us in this section that even when the job is done, it is still our job to maintain the defenses.
Are you keeping up your defenses?