Nehemiah is a powerful book…I’m in awe as I read it. Rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem wasn’t a cosmetic or prideful matter-it was a matter of protection. The builders of the wall risked their lives every single day to rebuild what had been destroyed.
“But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the arabs, the ammonites and the people of Asholod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.”
Initially, Sanballat, Tobiah and the other opposers were annoyed and shocked that these people were re-building their wall, but when the people of Jerusalem began closing the gaps, the men became angry. Progress could actually be seen now. The weak spots were being filled. The opposers could see windows of destruction being filed with restoration. The opposers threatened the city of Jerusalem with the promise of battle.
From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armour. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah, who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked.
The opposer is preparing a battle for you. He’s already mapped out his attack. He knows your weakness-is counting on your gaps. He’s not going to let you rebuild your wall without a fight. The gaps you are filling now make him nervous and angry. Those gaps were supposed to be his way in.
But you, daughter, are not stupid. You are aware of your gaps. You have seen them and made preparations to fill them. And what is it that you are filling them with?
What was once your weakness has now become your strength.
As you fill your gaps, you keep a weapon in one hand and willingness in the other. You know that as you rebuild your God wall, that the opposer is trying to oppress your spirit. He’s trying to bind your hands and cover your ears. But you have not ignorantly started building. You have come prepared to fight as you build, just as the people of Jerusalem did.
Use your weapons, daughters. Don’t be timid and doubtful of your ability to wield them. Rest in the assurance that God has equipped you with VICTORY over your opposer. Stand confident in alliance with those around you, the battles you face may be personal, but you have an army of believers at your side, ready and waiting to fill you up. Ready to train you and fight alongside you.
As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend.
So continue to build and defend your gaps alongside the other wall builders. God has plans for your gaps, daughter. Get excited!
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