Bible reading is tedious at times. While reading Neh.3 my mind wondered and drifted to other things. Names I couldnít begin to pronounce swam deeper into the page. Hananiah repaired this, and Hattush, the son of Hashabniah repaired that, Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel laid beams and next to them Uriah the son of Koz repaired something else.
My thoughts strayed for what must have been the sixth time so I stopped reading. The question popped into my head, ďWhy would God put all this stuff in here? Who really cares what the names of these people were or what small part of the wall they repaired? He couldíve said, ĎThe people got together and repaired the wall.í But God chose to list who did what, so, there must be something to learn from this.Ē
With new purpose I started to read the text again. This time I stayed focused and soon began to get some insight into what God might be trying to show here. The rebuilding of this wall, at first glance, mustíve seemed like an overwhelming task. There were miles and miles of rocks torn down by war, debris strewn all over the place. Boy, that sounds a lot like my life.
Sin strewn here and there and everywhere. Overwhelming isnít the word for it. Just one big giant mess and nothing I can do about it either. Well, enough about me lets get back to the wall.
The enormity of the job caused some of the people to begin ridiculing the ones who were attempting to rebuild the wall. Eliashib, one of the priests, started to work, not caring what others thought. It didnít take long for the guys next to him to begin on the section closest to them.
Each individual doing his part to rebuild the wall. Eureka! What a concept! You donít have to do it all yourself. In fact, you canít do it all yourself and God doesnít want you to even try. He provided a leader for us just like that priest, only better.
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to lead us into a rebuilt life and the amazing thing is that He does the work for us. Once He becomes our Savior, He begins to rebuild our lives a little at a time. First by cleaning out all the debris of sin thatís accumulated.
One of the first things that changed, for me, was the need to use vulgar language and it happened without my realizing it. One day, when I heard others talk that way, I found it offensive and I couldnít remember the last time Iíd spoken like that. Christ is reworking each section of my life and in turn I can then work for Him in the areas He designates. Each of us has a special talent that can be used for Him and if each of us does our little section Godís work will go forth and His goals will be met.
So, I finally understand why God chose to place all this tedious reading in His Word. All those workers have a story to tell. Each one was an individual that God made especially to carry out His purposes. God loved those people enough to remember each one by name, just as he remembers each of us.
He understands that the enormity of any given situation can cause us to run like jackrabbits or stand frozen like a transfixed deer in headlights going nowhere. That isnít what Christ wants. ďMany hands make light work,Ē is what Nehemiah is trying to tell us.
The fun thing is that Christ has so many hands that He makes the work enjoyable and fun. He has a job for every person to do and when our priorities are in line with God that work will be refreshing to the soul and bring glory to God.
Thousands of years ago, these Israelites did the same thing I try to do when life begins to overwhelm me. I break it down into manageable sections. I place one stone on top of the other in a consistent fashion and before you know it my section of the wall is complete and Iím ready to move onto the next section.
Unfortunately, just like that wall, Iím in constant need of repair. Decay sets in when I least expect it, and in areas, I thought, were firm and sound. Fortunately, Christ has work to do also and that work is to repair that decay in me on a daily basis.
Sin washed whiter than snow by Christís blood allows anyone that knows Him as Savior to stand erect, strong and repaired, ready to do the work God has for today. If youíre reading this and donít know Christ as Savior your first step is to ask His forgiveness for your sin and allow Him to start the work in you.
Wow! I think Iíll read each name with a renewed enthusiasm the next time my Bible opens to the book of Nehemiah.
I truly enjoyed your article Karen and I can relate to the yawn at times. I have A WALL that I have been working on for a long time and I do believe that it is starting to take shape. (Ezekiel 13:5--You have not gone up into the gaps to build A WALL for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.)(Is. 13:The Lord of hosts musters the army for battle. (5) They come from a far country from the end of heaven, even the Lord and His weapons of indignation, To destroy the WHOLE LAND.(Ezekiel 22:30) So I sought for a man among them who would make A WALL, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found NO ONE. Well, that is where you will find me standing and building MY WALL. Blessings, Sharon