Many of us believe that our walk with God should be exciting and thrilling. Don’t get me wrong, it can definitely be both of those things. God is amazing, endless, and beautiful, so it’s no wonder that our journey of discovering who He is can be so exhilariting. The problem comes when we attempt to sustain a level of high emotion at all times. We almost always find ourselves disappointed, wondering why we don’t always feel excited about God.
Excitement comes and goes, but what we really need for this journey with God is a steady foundation of endurance; we need to learn how to move forward during exhaustion and fatigue. I was reminded of what my attitude should really look like today when I read from the book of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
If you don’t know the story already, Nehemiah was a man who God called to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem after the city had been destroyed. This book of the Bible is the story of Nehemiah carrying out this assignment from God. It’s filled with lists of people who rebuilt the wall and what part of the wall they rebuilt. Interspersed throughout these accounts are chapters that talk about the opposition to the rebuilding of the wall.
“Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” Nehemiah 4:2 NIV
As I read this book, I couldn’t help but notice a theme: the people who are credited with building this wall worked steadily in the midst of opposition. There was so much opposition to their task that the builders not only had to work with guards standing watch, but they themselves had to have weapons in their hands. They were prepared to fight at any moment. They were hard workers, but they were also warriors.
As builders of the church, we need to work hard and carry our weapons at all times.
The men who built this wall did not lead exciting lives. But because of their steady work and their willingness to fight, they are forever credited with rebuilding their city, a task that is still of great value in God’s eyes. How much more should we, as builders of the church, share this attitude? We need to be hard workers, willing to take on any task, great or small. Not only must we work hard, but we need to carry our weapons at all times. At any moment, we must be prepared to defend ourselves and protect what we’ve built from the enemies reach.
It might seem mundane at times, but all of our work put together is what will complete the church, a city that will last forever. The Devil might be mocking the work that we do, saying that it is not good enough, that the people we desire to reach can never be brought back to life again. Be encouraged. The work you do for God is not in vain, and it lasts for eternity.
“Remember me with favor, O my God, for all I have done for these people.” Nehemiah 5:19 NIV (Words of Nehemiah)