Nehemiah, an Israelite from the kingdom of Judah, lived during the time of the Babylonian exile, a time when the Israelites endured captivity by their enemies. It is in this setting of the exile that we find Nehemiah, an Israelite, serving as cupbearer to the king. Nehemiah experienced tremendous sorrow and grief at the destruction of the walls of Jerusalem. The walls stood in disrepair and those living there would be under attack from the enemies in surrounding areas. The walls needed rebuilding. God impressed it upon Nehemiah’s heart to see the walls rebuilt. Through Nehemiah’s obedience to God, and perseverance against the many obstacles, the walls were rebuilt.
God still calls us to obedience and will empower us with perseverance to see His plans and promises of restoration come into being. He is the God who restores. He can restore what you think is too far gone. He can restore when others say there is no way. Regardless, of your past or present circumstances, it is not too much for Jesus.
As Nehemiah went to look at the broken walls of Jerusalem, he looked with the purpose of rebuilding. Not only could he see what was broken, he could see what it could be. He could see what God wanted it to be. Do you see only what is now? Or, can you see what God is calling your life to be?
God has plans for restoration for your life. Jesus paid the price for us to live a new life. A new life that we could not earn and empowered by what we could not generate. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to see, not only what is broken but, the vision of what God is calling it to be. Restored. That is my hope for you. That as you see what is broken and in need of repair, know there is One, Jesus, who restores, redeems and rebuilds.
Restoration emerges as our obedience encounters God’s empowerment. As we yield to the Holy Spirit we can persevere regardless of the size of the destruction or opposition we encounter. The Spirit gives us the inner fortitude and determination that results in steadfast obedience and enables us to stay the course to see God’s grace transform our lives to reflect Jesus.
Rebuilding begins when we stop asking God to just change our circumstances and make our surroundings more comfortable so we can quietly go on our way. Jesus has a new way for us. He rebuilds our lives to reflect Him. We truly reflect Jesus as we move from knowing about Him to knowing Him and living out of the oneness in Him. He changes us and then makes changes in the world through us, so others will see the hope that He desires to restore them too.
Ladies, I hope you will want to hear more about the story of Nehemiah and see how God rebuilds. He has a vision for a new way for each of us through our Savior, Jesus. Come learn more about the One who rebuilds on Friday night, March 31, on Central’s main campus in the Student Ministry Building at 6:30 pm. The cost is only $5 and you can register online at centraltolife.com.
Director of Congregational Care & Connecting Point Speaker