More Than Conquerors
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
“Early in the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. So, the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me you must be deeply troubled.” Then I was terrified, but I replied, “Long live the King! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.”
-Nehemiah 2:1-5 (NLT)
“So, on October 2 the wall was finished-just fifty-two days after we had begun. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.”
-Nehemiah 6:15-16 (NLT)
I love the book of Nehemiah for the way that is written in first-person perspective and the narrative of the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem. Nehemiah was understandably heartbroken at the beginning of this book as the great city of Jerusalem had been laid bare after occupation from another nation. After the occupation had ended and the Israelites had been able to peacefully live in the city, there was a major problem. The city’s once great protective walls were gone, no longer offering the much-needed protection from another invading nation.
Nehemiah fully understood the real problem, the sinful hearts of people who rebel against God. Therefore, the book of Nehemiah opens with him pleading with God on behalf of the people. Secondly, we see that Nehemiah understood that they needed God! Because of this he prays with God to intercede in his dealings with the king to rebuild the wall. What follows is a clear path of God working through Nehemiah and his God-given talents to secure a victory for the people of Jerusalem. A protective wall built around the city in just fifty-two days. Pretty amazing!
As we look to Jesus Christ this Easter and celebrate our Risen King, let us remember that the victory, honor and glory are God’s alone now and forever!
Have a blessed Easter, He is Risen Indeed!
Thank you and God bless!
High School/Young Adult Minister/Pastoral Intern