Nehemiah 6:15 (NKJV) So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.
Nehemiah, the great rebuilder of Jerusalem, is a great example in the Bible of leadership, faith, and unshakable commitment. He didn’t let the huge task of the long-delayed restoration of Jerusalem discourage him. He understood that it was never too late for God’s people to begin the process. He took direct and forceful action. His faith, wisdom, and courage kept him focused on his goal. He was determined to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. He faced foreign opposition and discord amongst his own people, but the wall was completed in just fifty-two days. Nehemiah was on a mission for God!
Soon after this victory, Nehemiah directed the people toward a second phase of restoration. He called upon the great teacher Ezra to lead the people in a study of the Scriptures. Confronted by God’s word, they were soon in tears because they could see the truth of how far they’d strayed from God’s law. They confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. They accepted responsibility for generations of unfaithfulness on the part of their people and grieved openly before God (Ezra 8:1-10).
When Nehemiah returned to Babylon, however, the people returned to their sinful ways. Nehemiah found himself once again putting the Jews back on a right path. This real life story of short-term restoration shows how prone we are to drifting away from what’s right if we’re not held accountable. The joy of it all: it wasn’t too late to rebuild the wall, and it’s not too late to rebuild your life. You can begin right now, blessings be upon your life today and always!