There are so many life lessons in the book of Nehemiah but I would love to focus on this verse:
“Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.”Nehemiah 2:17-18 NIV
Nehemiah didn’t deny they were in trouble. He acknowledged what lay in ruins and yet despite this dire reality staring them in the face, he invites them to rebuild what has been burnt. He also turns their attention onto the fact that the Lords hand remains on them. Nehemiah’s wise and focused leadership gave the people ‘courage under fire’ to start rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.
I don’t believe we are to deny the tough and sometimes devastating circumstances we may be facing. If we see them, our Heavenly Father is even more aware of what we are facing. It may be a health issue or financial loss. Maybe it’s a challenging relationship with a colleague or someone we love. Life happens to the best of us.
John Maxwell says, “ you can either accept your life or lead your life.” Nehemiah could have just accepted that Jerusalem had been destroyed and they would have to live with it, but instead, he leads His people to rebuild because he knows the hand of the Lord is on them. I believe the Lord always extends an invitation of hope to believe Him and not to just settle and tolerate what He wants to restore, and to remember, that no matter what circumstances we may be facing, His hand remains on us for our good.