STOP AND EVALUATE
Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. Nehemiah 2:17-18
Has anybody ever asked you “how’s your heart”? For some time now it has been asked left and right, but very few take time to make the evaluation.
In Nehemiah chapter two we see Nehemiah arriving in Jerusalem. The first thing he did was evaluate the situation. He went around the city and discovered that the damage is worse than he expected: walls broken down, roads blocked, and the gates consumed by fire. After careful evaluation he came to a conclusion.
- Jerusalem was in a bad situation
- The people were not doing anything about it
- They became accustomed to that way of life
He challenged the people to join him in rebuilding the wall so that they will no longer be subject to derision and mockery. He encouraged them by telling them how God has blessed him so far and how he believes the city can be restored. He even withstood opposition and placed his full confidence in God.
Today, take this time to evaluate your heart. Are there walls that have been broken down, roads that have been blocked or gates that have been burned?
WALLS – Are your barriers against the world broken that the enemy can simply come in at any time and destroy you?
ROADS – Is your communication with God blocked by sin, doubt, or disbelief?
GATES – Are you guarding what comes in and out of your heart?
Rebuild your walls, remove the debris on the road, and fortify your gates by renewing your commitment to God. Ask Him to help you, mold you, and renew you.
Though there may be people, circumstances, or discouragements — go back to God and find your confidence in Him alone.
The chapter closes with Nehemiah declaring his confidence in God:
Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.”
Ask God in prayer to give you success in rebuilding your walls, roads, and gates.
Written By: JC Yu