With the rebuilding of the walls, under Nehemiah’s leadership and vision, comes a restoration (or rebuilding) of many things including prayer, understanding of the Word of God, putting God first again, generosity, everybody playing their part, overcoming enemy opposition and having an impact on other nations, to name some examples.
There are many parallels here with our current time when we have been restricted due to the pandemic but now people are returning to our Sunday services and church life and activities. We are able in person to have a greater impact on those around us again.
God is at work throughout the story, leading Nehemiah and giving him vision, a burden, wisdom and strategic leadership gifts. Through this God stirs the people afresh to not only see the dire situation they are in but to also do something about it. God hears and answers prayer, opens doors, makes provision and stirs his people.
The story starts at a time to rebuild and ends with a time to celebrate all that God has done through his people. As we once again are reminded of these lessons as a church may God find in all of us a people freshly stirred with a heart for him and his Word, willing to each play our part to rebuild in order to see him greatly honoured and known by many.