BUILD A WALL OR TEAR ONE DOWN?
It’s almost impossible to be an American and not be aware of the wall controversy that has our divided country debating politically. Today I don’t write to you from the viewpoint of a white male, a Texan or from any social economic status but rather I present myself to you today from the viewpoint of a child of Almighty God. It’s certainly not my intention as well to get involved with earthly politics when my God sits on the throne and advancing His Kingdom is my goal. With all of that being said, I read Nehemiah this morning and a story stuck out at me when the people from Jerusalem were rebuilding the walls of their town. Let’s point out a few things and see if there’s any correlation or supernatural correlation to the world that we’re living in today.
With the blessings of King Cyrus of Persia, the fire damaged town of Jerusalem was approved to be rebuilt by Ezra while surrounded by hostile forces. Any rebuilding progress would be proposed as a threat and would be stopped at any cost. Instead of building the towns walls first to provide protection, Ezra and the Levites (God’s chosen people) decided they should first rebuild His church. This was amazing considering the opposition had dangerous plans to prevent any rebuilding efforts. Zerubbabel was appointed over the temple construction and in early autumn, all of the Israelites who had returned assembled at the newly built altar for a unified purpose. This is not something that was common to be UNIFIED about anything since the time when the people were united in building the tower of Babel. The Bible clearly says that when the people are all united, “nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!”
Once the church was constructed, Nehemiah returned with the task of building the wall. This construction project had laborers who literally worked from sunrise to sunset and with one hand building the wall and the other holding a sword to defend themselves. Nehemiah instructed the men to “listen for the blast of the trumpet and rush to wherever it is sounding. Then God will fight for us!” Do you think God will fight your battles for you? Moses instructed the people in Exodus 14 to not be afraid. “Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.” “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!”
How far away from being unified do you think we as a country are? How far away from being unified do you think we as a church are? These are very important questions to think about as we have built many walls between us that seem to be impenetrable. Should we be building walls or tearing them down? I challenge each and every reader to look at who are God is and let’s change our thinking to how we can advance His Kingdom (government) on this earth. May the Lord bless you and keep you all of your days.
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