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Foundations

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

Nehemiah is a book I hardly hear anyone talk about- in fact I didn’t know anything about it until God called me to start reading it. It’s just like God to take a book I’d never even realized existed and blow my mind with it.

In order to give some context I’ll briefly sum up what’s happening here: Jerusalem lies in ruins, its beautiful walls have been brought down to rubble and the Temple too is in shambles. Nehemiah is deeply moved by this tragedy and asks of his King if he can go and tend to repairing the city. This moment above is when he gathers many of his fellow Jews to his side in order to begin the work.

You may think, “Well gee golly that’s cool Nan, but how in the world does that apply to me?” Don’t worry, it’s what I thought too. 

“Cool, but how is it relevant to me Father?”

God has since shown me three amazing things in this book that most definitely apply to my life, and I’m willing to bet they’ll apply to yours too.

1. Often times, old foundations have to be torn down in favor of new ones.

The reason Jerusalem lies in ruins is because once again the Jews disobeyed God, and turned away from Him. Thus disaster stuck and they were scattered; it’s a pattern seen a lot in the Old Testament. However there was a significance to their dwelling places being torn down: because God was going to build a new foundation, a better foundation, made from the solid Rock. This is a message echoed over and over again in the Old Testament which is realized in the New Testament when our Savior comes to set the new foundation in the ground for good, and for all who choose to stand upon the Rock.

That fact that better brick is coming doesn’t make tearing down any more fun or any less disheartening. But God doesn’t do things wastefully He works all things, even tragedy, to the good of those who love Him. For some of us, He’s tearing down some old stone in favor of His Stone. Old habits, old thinking, old feelings are being torn away in favor of His newness! So submit yourselves to God and the good work of rebuilding a new foundation in your life.

2. People who thrived on the old foundation or come to thrive on no foundation are not going to be pleased about this.

It may come as no shock to you that some people weren’t happy that Nehemiah and the Jews were on their way to restoration. In chapter four God reveals that a grumpy dude named Sanballat is actively going after the Jews during this rebuilding work.

When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

People in your life who have grown accustomed to the old way, or the lack of a way are going to be distressed and even angry when you start to submit to change in your life. Sadly these people are usually the ones who taught us these old, worn out ways of life and are in need of new foundations themselves. They might say you’ve changed, that you’re only making things harder for yourself, that you’re wasting your times, that this is just how things are; but that’s not true. 

If the Creator of your heart tells you there are some things that need to go then beloved you better get a move on and haul those things off. None of us are perfect, and none of us have this process memorized but if you submit to God and give Him what you do have, He’ll bless it immensely. That is what these people need to see in your life, that despite their insults and sneers you’re going to keep laying this new foundation in your life. Because you know who has your back. The One who started this work will finish it.

3. God’s timing is always far better than ours.

So great, now you know that changes need to happen and that it’s going to be great once it’s done. For me the next hurdle was the timing of it all.

“Am I finished yet God? No?….Okay how bout now?….No?….Okay NOW it’s finished right? No??”

It’s not always that we don’t want to do the work sometimes it’s just because we’re so excited to see the work finished! And other times, like in the case of Nehemiah and his fellow Jews, it’s because we’re afraid.

Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

The enemies of the Jews were right at the door threatening their very lives over this wall. In the mindset of the Jews this wall couldn’t get built fast enough! Their enemies were right there with sharp objects and mean faces! This fear not only robbed them of their faith in God’s plan, it also sapped the strength they needed in order to see to the good work they were doing! But good ol’ Nehemiah reminded them, the One they were doing the work for is great and awesome and powerful. That He would be their protector during this time, and that His timing was perfect even in the midst of trouble.

It’s easy to lean on an old lifestyle, but like old stone it’ll eventually break and give away. And we’ll fall hard. But God, as He always does, picks us back up and says: “Beloved, have you tried standing on my Rock? Let me build a new foundation in you, made from the Cornerstone that the builders rejected. A new foundation that won’t break, and won’t rot.”

If we’ll let Him, God will build in us a sturdy and steadfast foundation that won’t break under trial and testing, and won’t budge beneath hardship and frustration. It may take longer than you’d like it to, and you may not have as many fans on this earth as you’d like, but you’ll always have God with you. 

And beloved, if our God is for us who can be against us?

- 31Women (Nan)