January 21, 2018
The Wall seemed Foiled. Neh 4:10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.
With victories often come quick setbacks. The spies of Numbers 13 brought back victorious reports of a land that surely flowed with milk and honey, even carrying a sample supply of luscious grapes from Eschol; but they discouraged the short lived moment of excitement by foolishly telling the people of unconquerable giants in iron fenced cities. Doubt overtook destiny. Fear erased motivation. Majority opinion put up a stop sign when all Divine signs were screaming Go!
Here Judah wearily examines the strenuous labor, sleepless hours, and endless rubbish. I mean, it can be discouraging to try and find Revival in the rubbish. But these are just temporary setbacks. They don’t last forever. They don’t dominate where the road of struggle will take you. They may challenge your resiliency. They may hamper your schedule. They may bog down your “feel good moments”. But if we dig with determination, clear out the clutter of soul and mind, restoration will come. Hope will rise. Faith will stand. The work will be done. The wall will be built. Safety will return. Security will be felt again. And this comes by assurance in the Holy Ghost, yes; but also by executing a plan the wise Preacher once admonished us to do: “whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
You can’t give up because of the appearance. Things are going to look bad from time to time. You are going to be faced with years of junk ignored and left for someone else to deal with; you are going to be frustrated by the slow process of cleaning up an area before you can even build the dream or rebuild what’s been lost. But push on. Fight on. Strive with guts and grit. Pray until the cleansing comes. Fast and see broken flesh do amazing things for God. The wall may seem foiled, but God is a finisher. At times you may feel that you don’t have the strength or stamina to follow through; and the bravado of rallying cries may turn to whimpers of tired hopes and overworked desire. Listen now…