As broken as your life may seem I found the answer to all your dreams. True it maybe broken, fear and full of doubt. The Lord has the power, power to bring you out.
Your life is not beyond repair.
Richard Mr. Clean White and the Southern California Community Choir.
The book and work of Nehemiah is a wonderful expression of God’s affectionate love for His people. In love, God sent Nehemiah whose name means YHWH has comforted to bring comfort and healing to them through rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
That’s why I believe that this passage regarding the actual work of rebuilding the walls can apply to God’s work of restoring and rebuilding our lives today.
I believe that since God still has a warm, affectionate love for His people and is concerned with every aspect of our lives.
Keep in mind that rebuilding the walls wasn’t an issue of safety. At this time God’s ancient people were a partr of the Medo-Persian empire which was at the height of its power. There was no threat of an invasion that would re-capture the people and take them from the land.
The broken walls and charred gates were a constant reminder of God’s judgment, their country’s failed greatness, and their humiliation. Nehemiah 1:3 (ESV)
3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”
The wall’s broken rubble came to symbolize their broken relationship with God and perhaps their feeling that though God kept HIs promise to end their exile, He no longer really loved them.
And maybe that’s how some of us and some in our communities feel. We may have suffered through so much trauma and brokenness that we question if God really loves us really wants us and is really for us.
Upon hearing of his people’s predicament and humiliation Nehemiah received permission and resources from the emperor to return to rebuild the walls.
Our last message titled Putting It Back Together highlighted how Nehemiah faced the trauma, followed God’s favor, and began to focus on the challenge of rebuilding the wall.
Having made a thorough inspection he then strongly encouraged the inhabitants of the city to join him in the work of rebuilding the walls which to them would demonstrate God’s continued presence with and care for them.
Believe God is present to heal, restore and rebuild. Nehemiah 2:18 (ESV) And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.
Nehemiah and those who joined him were convinced that God was present with them and therefore favored them as they addressed their trauma. And this may have been the first time in decades they believed this.
God’s presence with them meant they could call upon His power, wisdom, insight, and favor to strengthen them in the work to rebuild the wall and end their humiliation.
The same is true with us as we face the task of working through our trauma and brokenness.
God is present with us through faith in Christ and assures us that we can count on Him throughout the process of healing.
Believing God is present with us means believing He is for us in our efforts to bring Him glory in seeking healing and repair of our trauma and brokenness.
God is present with us when we pursue godly endeavors in a godly way. And pursing our healing is a godly thing to do.
For some of us believing God is present in our healing can be hard since we genuinely wonder why He allowed our trauma in the first place. It’s why we must realize that though the Lord allowed our trauma, He did not endorse our trauma.
We can believe God is present with and favors us in our healing even though we may have had mothers who were either unable or unwilling to participate in our healing.
Begin at the place of your pain. Vss. 1-2. Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate.They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel. And next to him the men of Jericho built. And next to them Zaccur the son of Imri built.
Chapter3 begins with the high priests kicking off the rebuild by repairing and consecrating the Sheep Gate. The Sheep Gate was probably the place in the wall where sheep were led to the temple for sacrificial worship. The sacrificial system was the way God connected with His ancient people in worship.
The ruined Sheep Gate was a constant reminder of God’s judgment and perhaps from their perspective His now distant relationship with them.
From ch. 1:3 we know they felt humiliated and ashamed, so what’s the use of repairing the Sheep Gate when all the sacrifices are meaningless?
So the high priest beginning at the Sheep Gate may have signified their belief that God was present with them, still favored them, and had sent Nehemiah as His instrument to heal and restore them.
Think f the last time you were triggered, emotionally distressed, or fell into a sinful coping mechanism. That’s the place we must start the restoration and repair of our lives. And we start by either connecting or re-connecting to theLord who redeems, restores, and rebuilds our lives.
Our connection with the living God comes through faith alone and faith only in our redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation from sins penalty and sins process.
We turn to God for primary help through salvation since He made us, knows us, loves us, saves us, and will heal us.
And though God can miraculously heal and restore, for most all of us it will be a process of rebuilding and repairing just as the restoration of the walls involved the process of rebuilding and repairing.
Start with Scripture, specifically Eph. 1:3-14. In Christ, I along with God’s people are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Gather a small group of trusted saints to consistently pray for God’s healing and rebuilding work in your life.
Read good books on healing and restoration like To Be Told: God Invites You to Co-Author Your Future by Dan Allender,
Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores by Diane Langberg.
Healing Racial Trauma by Sheila Wise Rowe.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzaro.
Strongly consider getting good, Christian-based therapy.
With all of that keep in mind, that for many of us the best Mother’s Day present is our own healing.
Don’t reflect on the time that it’s been broken. Looking back won’t change a thing. He’ll not only repair it this I tell you is true, he’ll make it better than it was before. He’ll make it all brand new.
Your life is not beyond repair.