But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!” -Nehemiah 2:17 NLT
When I read the story of Nehemiah I always wonder why it took someone from the outside to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Someone that heard the news of Jerusalem from someone else. Nehemiah didn’t even see the ruins with his own eyes when he headed out on this journey. The people that were living in Jerusalem had been living in that rubble and in their instability for years and they did nothing.
Were they ok with destruction and the lack of defense?
Did they not think it was an issue?
Did they think it was someone else’s job?
Did they get used to the destruction?
Was it a normal way of life?
The same problem lies in the way we interact in our communities today. People go through life feeling alone, unloved, hurting, depressed, miserable, feeling like mistakes or accidents. They live life in ruins as they crumbled to the pressures of life and we ignore their broken hearts. We have been so used to see pain that we either ignore it, are calloused to it, or we think it is someone else’s job. We have been given an even greater gift than Nehemiah received from his king. We have been given the gift of life that comes from Jesus. Our salvation is not something to be hoarded but shared!
Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king.
They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work. -Nehemiah 2:18 NLT