14: 50 Days of 3:16

The walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed. Israel had been dealt a humiliating defeat with many of the people taken away into slavery. Their sins against God were not left unchecked and the sins of the Fathers weighed heavy on the future generations. In their slavery, the cupbearer of King Artaxerxes heard from God and obeyed. Nehemiah requested leave to help rebuild the wall of his nation’s capital.

 

Beyond him, Nehemiah son of Azbuk, ruler of a half-district of Beth Zur, made repairs up to a point opposite the tombs[an of David, as far as the artificial pool and the House of the Heroes.

Nehemiah 3:16

 

Not unlike what Israel had to deal with, we have to deal with the outcomes of our sins. When we come to Christ and accept his grace and forgiveness the effects of our sin are not always wiped away. We hear of prisoners receiving Jesus in jail, yet they still have to pay the time for the crimes they have committed. For others, it could be lasting health effects from years of abuse on your body. Broken relationships that may never be fully restored but forgiveness can be asked.  You may never be able to restore the broken marriage that leads to divorce. But there is hope that God can find peace in the situation you are in.

 

Nehemiah had a pretty easy job, he was the Kings cupbearer. He obviously had the Kings favour as he was able to make a request before the Kings. This for Nehemiah would have been a very risky move. If the King had been in a not so favourable mood he could have easily dismissed him, fired him or even had him killed for such a request. Allowing Nehemiah to go and organize the building of the wall was not really in the Kings best interest but Kings favour was on Nehemiah and he even helped sponsor the build. Why did this happen this way? God was showing the people his power and that he can make things happen. He was showing them that he will restore brokenness.

 

He is showing us in this story that God works to help us restore the brokenness in our lives and that he will provide the resources to help in the process. We need the boldness to step out of our safe place and ask him for the help we need. He wants our surrender in all areas, surrender is not always hands up, sometimes it is being ready to do what is needed to be done and asking for help. Today you may have already asked Jesus for his forgiveness and life has been going good, but there are areas of you that are broken and need restoration. Come to Go and ask him for time to heal and restore the broken area, he will give you the resources and the people who can help you rebuild. It may be trust, thoughts, friendships, family issues, health problems, whatever it may be God is ready willing and able to help.

 

Maybe you haven’t accepted God’s grace and forgiveness and are satisfied to sit in your brokenness.  There is so much more than this world has to offer that you will never experience outside of the love of God. He sent his son to die on the cross so that you might be free from the sin that binds each and every person on this earth. He came to free us of this, so we can become who we were created to be. Children of God, with a hope that there is more to life than living and dying. There is a hope for you. It is as simple as asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins. Of course, there is much more, but the first step of faith is surrendering your life and start living in a relationship with the creator God.

 

Father, if anyone is reading this and needs to receive Jesus into their life I pray they find you. Let them cry out “Jesus I am a sinner who is lost without you. I realize this now and cannot do this on my own anymore, forgive me of my sin and come into my life. I surrender to you and want to have a relationship with you” Thank you, Father, for anyone who prayed this today, you told us that the angels rejoice when anyone accepts the forgiveness promised. We ask for help in healing any broken walls in our life that are causing us pain. We cannot always escape the consequences of our sin, so help us deal with them as they arrive in a way that shows those around us that we are loved by you. All glory to you. Amen

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