Rise Up and Build

Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me.  And they said, Let us rise up and build.  So they strengthened their hands for this good work.

Nehemiah 2:18

In the first chapter of the book, Nehemiah finds out that the city of Jerusalem is in ruins.  “The wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.” (Nehemiah 1:3)  Of course, being a Jew, this broke his heart.  God then put something in his heart and the king allowed him to follow what the Lord had put in his heart.  He was going to lead in the rebuilding of Jerusalem.

In the second chapter, we find Nehemiah sharing his vision with others.  After hearing this, they said “Let us rise up and build.”  What a great attitude!  To often, when we hear someone talk about wanting to do something for the Lord, we want to point out all of the flaws of the plan.  Our cynical minds like to think up reasons it won’t work.  Sometimes we just sit back and expect whatever venture it is to fail.  That shouldn’t be our attitude as Christians.  We should always be willing to “rise up and build.” 

The verse then says that they “strengthened their hands for this good work.”  That is what we need to do:  find a work that needs done, prepare ourselves for it, and do it!  Every one of us can “rise up and build” something.  We obviously can’t all build the same thing or do the same thing, but we can build something.  If nothing else, we can be an encouragement to others who are building something for our Lord.  Our time on this earth is short; we need to “rise up and build!”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, You wrote, ” If nothing else, we can be an encouragement to others who are building something for our Lord.” I actually think that being an encouragement to others is essential if as a Church we are going to rise up and build what God has put on our hearts to build. It is so easy to become discouraged because, as you mentioned, others tend to focus on the obstacles and flaws in our plan. So keep encouraging! Peace, Linda


    • So true. It is essential- I know there have been times I’ve been ready to throw in the towel, only to have somebody encourage me. I like the fact that encouragement is something everybody can (and should) be doing. Thank you for all of your encouragement!


  2. I love the book of Nehemiah! 🙂 And this post! I have come up against that attitude quite a bit. Like all the time. ha! Only, never really connected that it was coming from those who didn’t know Him. Now it makes sense to me. And also who to go to when I need encouragement or help in building something for Him! 🙂 God bless you as you keep building for Him!


    • That’s a good point that I hadn’t thought of: when we get ready to “build something”, we should go to good strong Christians for encouragement. The world is going to try to discourage us from doing something for Him every time. Thanks!


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