America is blessed having our foundation laid by men and women of God who gave their lives so that future generations of Americans might build upon that foundation and enjoy the perpetual blessings from God!
Unfortunately, the “walls of defense” have been breached! In fact, the walls have “come a tumbling down!” Our guard has been down and our borders have been breached! In the Book of Nehemiah we see how he faced the same dilemma as he hears news about Jerusalem and then attempts to strengthen the walls of the city before they are over run again.
Nehemiah was grieved; he was broken about the condition of his beloved city – the City of God! He could of said, “Oh well, I have a good job here as the king’s cup bearer.” Sadly, many Americans – even Christian Americans, are found unalarmed, indifferent and unconcerned about the continuing decay of America’s spiritual condition! I don’t have time to get into all the ills of our society – they are numerous! What I want to do is it to speak about Nehemiah’s approach to rebuilding the fallen and decaying walls of any Society!”
[adsanity id=8405 align=alignleft /]The first thing Nehemiah did when hearing about the condition of Jerusalem was to get on his face and PRAY! It was a prayer of humility, trust, repentance, claiming the promises of God and submitting to His will. We are not going to have this humble, prayerful attitude if we continue to keep our heads in the “sands of indifference and denial!”
Nehemiah, after arriving at Jerusalem, scoped out the condition of the city. He was a leader, sent by God to attempt great things for God and expect great things from God! He didn’t have the common attitude that “someone else will do the job.” The question for all of us is; what can we do about the crumbling political, spiritual, social and moral walls that are rapidly collapsing in America? We can start as Nehemiah did – pray! The Lord may then want us to write, speak; to get involved in some way that would be pleasing in His sight.
Nehemiah was smart enough to realize that he could not go it alone! As we read the Book of Nehemiah we recognize that the “I” and “Me” quickly change to “we” and “they!” Sometimes we may feel that we’re all alone in our efforts to create change for God. We must realize that trouble will visit us sooner or later. Expect opposition along the way as Nehemiah did from within and without his encampment. My friend, if we commit ourselves to get into the “trenches” as a God’s person, we’re going to be fired upon.
If we’re involved in something that we feel is truly changing our community and find no opposition, chances are we’re no threat to evil at all. Nehemiah was not going to let these men of darkness detour him at all! How could he be so certain? He knew that light is greater than darkness, truth is greater that lies, fire is hotter than smoke, good is stronger than evil, love is more powerful than hate and God is greater than the devil!
Aren’t you tired of being always on the defensive! Far too long have the people of light been asleep in the light while our nation is decaying in the night! St. Paul said, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light!” Our founding, God-fearing fathers and mothers of this nation were willing to lose everything, even their lives, for the future of America! Are we?
We must not quit. Determination will win in the end. Momentum is everything when attempting great things for God! The one that carries the ball forward will score the touchdown! The fear of many is that they will “fumble.” Remember, the “good fight” we are called to is not so much for the concern of ourselves. It is for our children; for our nation and for our Lord!
By the blessings of God, Nehemiah and the citizens of Jerusalem prevailed and built that wall with all the doors and gates in 52 days! Today, we couldn’t build a wall around Jerusalem in 52 months! The Empire State Building was built in 13 months in 1930 during the Great Depression! We couldn’t do that today! Maybe it was because of the Great Depression that made it possible! People needed work! They jumped at the idea of accomplishing something great and, at the same time, providing for their families. Paul said in Heb. 12:12-13 – “Strengthen the weak hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed!”
A lot is riding on our generation! Most people who have their finger on the pulse of this country realize we are living at a very critical time in our history! I believe it is still possible to rebuild America’s walls that our Founders have laid! Will we be found faithful to that call?[adsanity id=11817 align=alignleft /]