Well, it’s been just over a month since the election. We sure learned a lot about our country, didn’t we? Isn’t it interesting how an election will expose the soul of a nation? God never said, “If you’ll just elect the right people to office then I’ll bless you!” He said this; 2 Chronicles 7:14, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
You can draw a straight line from 2 Chronicles 6-7 to Nehemiah. Tragically, what Solomon was so concerned about in his prayer eventually did indeed happen! The Jews drifted so far away from God in their disobedience that God brought judgment in the form of the Babylonian army who destroyed the city of Jerusalem, the Temple and its walls, and the Jews that survived were taken to Babylon into captivity.
Over 130 years later, God answered the prayers of a Jew named Nehemiah who was serving in the court of the now Persian King in Babylon. God filled him with a vision to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city- which he led the Jews to miraculously accomplish in just 52 days! And once the walls were rebuilt, Nehemiah knew, unless the hearts of the people changed, it would only be a matter of time before the walls would crumble once again under the judgment of God.
In other words, even more important than rebuilding the walls was the rebuilding of the faith of the people! SO, with the walls completed, the big question was, how are the people going to live going forward from there? That’s the crucial question for us now that the ELECTION is over… how are we going to live our lives going forward from here?
So, after Nehemiah completed the walls, we read in Neh. 8:1, ALL the people came together as ONE in the square before the Water Gate. Just three chapters earlier, the people were bitterly divided, so much so that the work on the walls all but came to a complete halt.
The election has revealed more than ever before the great divide that exists in our country today. Very sad, but we’ve known that. But, what is even more heartbreaking to me, is the extent to which we have seen division among Christians! Instead of being caught up in the same divisiveness as everybody else, God’s people should be leading the way for the HEALING of our nation! But, before we can do that, we need to make sure our OWN hearts are right!
We’ll look next time at how that happened for Nehemiah’s people…