Build and Defend!

17 Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens loaded themselves so that everyone worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other. 18 Every builder had his sword secured at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet [to summon the troops] stood at my side. 19 I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, gather to us there. Our God will fight for us.”
Wow, there is a lot going on in the above verses, let me explain. Nehemiah with permission from his King returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. The wall signifies security and protection from enemies. He was joined by fellow countrymen who also desired to see the city return to its former glory. While they were building the wall there was a group of people who did not want to see it rebuilt, they wanted it to lie in ruin. There is a universal principal at play here, “All good will be Attacked”. If you are trying to build something worthwhile there will be those persons or things focused on stopping you.
Nehemiah understood the above principal and prepared for it. He and his fellow builders would build with one hand and carry a sword in the other. I am sure this slowed down the building process, but imagine how slow the process would be if they had to keep rebuilding it, after someone came and tore it down. This proves that not only does slow and steady win the race but also that if you are building something worthwhile it will be attacked and you better be prepared to defend it.
Now That’s a Word!

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