Overcoming the Report
Nehemiah 1:3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”
The picture these words paint is not that much different than some peoples view of Christian faith today. Many believe that Christianity has become a mere shadow of a once-great people; a relic of the past with little hope for the future. The opening scripture captures the report of the affairs of Jerusalem. Instead of Nehemiah partnering with the report, his heart is broken for his people. He weeps, fasts, and prays to the Lord God of Heaven. His focus is not set on what the world sees; he never comes into agreement with the report. Instead, his focus is on the reality of the truth in God’s word. The lesson for us is, that instead of partnering with what we see in the natural world, that we would seek that face of God for the turnaround and restoration of the Church in our day. Nehemiah spent the rest of this chapter, in prayer, reminding God of His promise to Israel. We need to pray as Nehemiah did, with repentant hearts, for our sin and that of our people. We need to pray for God to be faithful in restoring those who would return to him. This response, by Nehemiah, became the turning point for a generation in Israel. Less than six months later the wall was rebuilt and what lay in ruins was restored. Let us learn from Nehemiah, turn our hearts to the Lord God of Heaven and ask Him to restore the church in our generation.