The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors….(Nehemiah 3:5).
There is always a blessing when we become people who rebuild what has been torn down. If you notice, the Scripture doesn’t tell us that Nehemiah built a brand new city, demolishing the old one, but instead, he repaired it. He took the ruins of the old city and gave it new life by repairing its gates, doors, and walls.
Yes, Nehemiah didn’t think it was best to build something totally brand new, doing away with the old. Instead, he chose to rebuild. When I was a child I used to love watching old cars be restored. I was always captivated by how beautiful they were as I imagined them cruising down the streets in the 1950s and ’60s. You see, before their restoration, they looked like junk, but once they were given the time, attention and care, they were restored back into what they had once been. Sometimes, looking even better than before.
It’s easy to blast things in our life away and start over, isn’t it? Yet, when we do this, we live with the scrap metal stuck deep within our hearts from the blast let off by our own need to hide from it all. If we choose not to rebuild, then we will be people who seek to destroy things and walk away. Although it might make us feel better in the moment, it will never accomplish what we hope.
A lot of what I see God doing in my life is challenging me to be a person who rebuilds and repairs. Can I be honest? It takes a lot of time, energy and effort to repair things. Yet, when we do, we have not only the blessing of God, but His strength and energy with us to finish the task before us. The more we rebuild the more we’ll grow in community as we find others who are seeking the same restoration for their lives. Sometimes, it may even cost us more, but we can trust that God will pour out His blessing, in His timing, as we trust Him for the results.
Some men from Tekoa missed out on being part of a blessing because they didn’t join in the rebuilding. I would hate for this to be true of our lives too. Stepping into the rebuilding process takes genuine humility, grace for others and a willingness to persevere. As we do this, we’ll find that what God has to offer us, is something more beautiful than before. That’s just the kind of God He is. Be encouraged then, to join with Him in the process of rebuilding.
Lord, may my hands to ready and willing to rebuild. I long for you to be my greatest joy in this life. Abba, grant me strength and joy for the journey ahead. I know it will be hard. Grow me in Christ life character through it, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.