God had worked in Nehemiah’s life in a wonderful way – he had been faithful in serving and praying, and God had rewarded that faithfulness by allowing him to have the desire of his heart. The king was allowing and helping him to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall! Now that he had arrived safely in Jerusalem, it was time to start the rebuilding process. How did they go about Rebuilding Together? What does rebuilding require?
First, it requires Preparation.
Nehemiah 2:18 tells us, "…And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work."
Rebuilding requires strengthening. They couldn’t start rebuilding unprepared.
If we are going to build or rebuild anything in our lives, we must be strengthened to do it. To do it in our own power is to do it unprepared; we must be strengthened by the Lord. The psalmist said, “The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation." (Psalm 118:14)
Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13) Without Christ strengthening me from the inside out, I cannot accomplish anything for God’s glory. Don’t go unprepared in the weakness of your flesh, but rather in the strength of Christ.
Secondly, rebuilding requires Determination. As soon as they began to rebuild, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem, their enemies, began to laugh them to scorn and falsely accuse them. They began to see what could be done to stop the rebuilding.
The Jews responded with determined dependence upon God to get them through: "Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem." (Nehemiah 2:20)
We can expect to be faced with opposition when we begin to do what is right. Let’s face it with the same determination – the same dependence upon God that Nehemiah had, knowing that we MUST rebuild; we MUST NOT turn back.
Finally, rebuilding requires Hard Work. Chapter 3 begins detailing all the hard work that they began to do in rebuilding. Rebuilding is just that – rebuilding. It is work. It is doing whatever has to be done. It is inspecting and repairing and sanctifying step by step until your life is glorifying to God.
Rebuilding is not simply lip service. It’s a process of working in the strength of the Lord with a determined dependence on God to restore honor and glory to His Holy Name.