Nehemiah 4:10 says, “…there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.” The past destruction seemed impossible because they lost sight of what God had done. He prepared the way for them through a pagan king who provided what they needed materially, as well as Nehemiah to lead them.
2 Peter 1:9 is very insightful for us. It says, “For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness…” What were ‘these things’ that lacked? Verse 5-7 listed the character qualities to add to our faith: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
Verse 8 says, “For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Verse 9 continued to point out that the lack comes because we forget that we are cleansed from our old sins. 2 Corinthians 5:17 is a great reminder when we feel buried in the rubble from our past. It says that old things have passed away. Our sins were borne away by Jesus’ death on the cross.
When we lose sight of the cross our focus will be drawn down to our impossible piles of past rubble. We rise above our rubble by standing on the wall of our salvation.
Watch now how that worked in the lives of the Jews who rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem. Nehemiah 11:31 says, “So I brought the leaders of Judah up on the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs…” Verse 40 says, “So the two thanksgiving choirs stood in the house of God…” One group of folks went to the left and the other group went to the right. They stood on the wall that they had built. They corporately lifted up their voices to the Lord in thanksgiving!
You can rise above the rubble of your past. Lift up your heart with songs of thanksgiving to your audience of One. He is the One we worship. He dug us out of the pit of despair, and the miry clay. He set us on the solid foundation of salvation. Psalm 40:3 says, “He has put a new song in my mouth–praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”