I was reading the book of Nehemiah the other day and a verse from chapter 1 caught my attention. Verse 3 reads like this “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
There is a remnant of exile in the city of Jerusalem. They have escaped the days of captivity and has come back to the land of Jerusalem. But they still are in disgrace and trouble because the city shows the aftermath of captivity. Its walls are broken and gates have been burned down with fire.
Here, Nehemiah, hearing about that remnant of people and the city of Jerusalem, is crying. He fasted and mourned for several days and cried unto God for them confessing his sin and standing in the gap for them.
Most of the time, in our urge to reach out the unreached, we forget about the people who are in the city of the chosen, still facing the aftermath of captivity. They are in the land of Jerusalem, still experiencing the strongholds of bondage. It could be depression, anger, temptations, resentment, confusion or bitterness. Its mainly because they escaped the captivity and returned to the land of living, but the walls of the land is still in ruins…its gates are burned down.
They need to be restored. Their souls need to be encouraged and strengthened. Their walls should be rebuild slowly so that they will once again feel safe and secure. Today, this person could be you. The door to your soul may be torn down. Just like Nehemiah, spent time with the Lord and He will restore you to your prior glory.
May be you know someone who face this kind of a reproach even after being a child of God. Do not ignore them saying that someone else will build them up. You have a responsibility to stand in the gap. They might be in a difficult position to rebuild their own walls. Take the effort to help them..ask Lord to use you to restore them. More than anything else, pray for them. Take every effort to bring one stone at a time and rebuild their ruins…so that one day they will be restored to their former glory.