Friday, February 23, 2018

Year 8, Day 54: Nehemiah 7

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As Nehemiah completes the wall, the next thing he does is set a guard.  There are some things we can learn from this process once we understand the steps that he takes.  First, he orders the city’s gates shut while the sun is still up, before the shadows can get near the walls and hide enemies.  Second, he posts a watch during the night.  Third, some of the watch is over the gates, some of the watch is near their homes.

What can we learn from this?  First of all, we need to be careful that we guard what is valuable to us.  I’m not talking material possessions here, I am talking about our character and our morals and our spirit.  We need to be careful who we grant access to our being, especially with respect to things like mentoring, teaching, and other means of influencing us.  We need to make sure that we don’t give the enemy an easy route into our being.

Second, Nehemiah posts a watch.  Nehemiah doesn’t assume things will be fine and his wall will keep out threats.  Nehemiah posts a watch to ensure things stay secure.  The same should be true with us.  We shouldn’t assume that our relationship with God will be okay, or our love for His ways won’t change.  We shouldn’t assume that our character and our ethics will never be compromised.  We need to guard those things, watching out for them and protecting them!

Third, Nehemiah appoints some guards who live close to their homes.  Nehemiah knows a simple fact.  When guards are protecting their own house, they will do a much more thorough job.  The same is true for us.  When we invest ourselves into the things about which we care the most, our performance will usually be better and more thorough.