RISING FROM THE RUBBLE

MEDITATIONS IN NEHEMIAH

Here, an apprentice learns from a master builder, the skills of repairing a broken spiritual relationship with God, and the keys to a strong Christian life, fortified against the enemy.

NEHEMIAH 1

the person, the time, and the place

Nehemiah 1:1
The words of Nehemiah, the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace.

The words of Nehemiah. Nehemiah will be a personal book. It was recorded from a first person point of view. Thus, this book will be also written from a first person point of view. I chose to record my meditations in Nehemiah as I felt that not only would it help me to be sure I really chewed on and thought on God’s Word, it would also enable others to benefit from my learning experience.  Backsliding is a personal matter, and I did not realize how far I’ve wandered until I’ve been far from God. Outwardly, I may seem spiritual and serving God, but inwardly, my secret sins have been eating me. Now, personally, I have come to Nehemiah, seeking the Lord, and wanting to draw lessons from this spiritual builder who in 52 days, raised the walls of Jerusalem despite the odds. Lord, in 52 days, I will be a stronger Christian.

     And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year. As I record my meditations, I am currently in my twentieth year. I believe that God is really speaking to me and calling me to rise from the rubble, and build again the destroyed spiritual life. The time is now. I have to realize I have ruined my spiritual life, repent, and turn back to God, to rebuild this broken spiritual relationship.

     As I was in Shushan the palace. No matter the place I am in, the present situation I am currently facing, I have to act. Nehemiah was in Shushan the palace. He was far away from his home country. He was in captivity. I, too, am far from my home country of Heaven. More than that, I am far from my spiritual destination as a Christian—the likeness and image of Christ. Nehemiah was in captivity, in a hostile environment to his faith. As I write, I am serving my country, I am a police officer. I did not choose this way, I was conscripted. The environment has not been kind to my Christian life. I have no Christian friends on my team, I have no spiritual encouragement at work. I feel captive and bound by my sin. But I have Christ, and it will make all the difference.