For the past month or so, we’ve been preaching through the book of Nehemiah at The Merge. It’s a book which recounts how some of the Israelites returned to Jerusalem after being in captivity to the Babylonians in about 444 B.C. Nehemiah (a governor of sorts) led an effort to rebuild the walls of the city.
My eyes keep going back to Nehemiah 4:10 which ends by saying, “we ourselves are unable to rebuild the walls.” Yes, the people came together to do this amazing work effort in 52 days. But more important, is that prayer is the dominant feature in the book, as 12 prayers are offered in only 13 chapters.
“We ourselves are unable to rebuild the walls.” It’s an important lesson for us all. Our own strength is a limited one at best. But our God is a big God who specializes in coming through when the odds are stacked against us (the enemy tried to bring this godly effort to a halt, but to no avail). The stinging question for most of us is this: Are you allowing God to be God or are you just doing everything yourself? How much more could we accomplish if we confessed to God that “we are ourselves are unable to rebuild the walls?”
Gustave Doré, Nehemiah Views the Ruins of Jerusalem’s Walls, 1866.