We are starting a study of the book of Nehemiah. This book is about the process of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. To the Christian, these walls represent the structure of our faith and walk with the Lord Jesus. Walls are a high maintenance structure, that is, they require ongoing maintenance to keep them in good order. When we neglect the maintenance of our faith there can be trouble ahead. That can put us in a situation where we need to rebuild the walls of our faith
What does it mean, then, to rebuild the walls of your life? Nehemiah is the account of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. And Jerusalem is a symbol of the city of God, God’s dwelling place and the center of life for the world. In an individual life, then, the rebuilding of the walls would be a picture of re-establishing the strength of that life. We have all met people whose defenses have crumbled away. They have become human derelicts, drifting up and down the streets of our large cities, absolutely hopeless and helpless. But God in grace frequently reaches down and gets some of those people and brings them out to rebuild the walls. This is the picture of the way the walls of any life, of any local church, of any community, of any nation, can be rebuilt into strength and power and purpose again.