I've been going over my sermon this week on "Re-Building" talking about Nehemiah rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem and tying it in to how the church can rebuild. But, the same principles are true of our lives.
Many of us reading this blog today are broken, things in life have tore down the walls of protection, hope, and peace around your life. Divorce, death, job loss, depression, relationship issues, troubled kids, financial stresses, anger, unforgiveness, etc...the list could go on of the things that can cause you and me to feel broken.
When I am broken, I feel helpless. I become frustrated, and it is there I am reminded it's not my job to be God and rebuild my situation or life alone, it's my job to listen to and follow God and allow Him to help me rebuild my life or situation.
It will not happen overnight, it may take time, it may not be the same as before, and then again, you may not know what the future will hold, but the key for me and you is to put our hope and trust in God. God will never let us down, lead us astray, or fail us. Any failure or let down is on our part.
Sometimes we need to be broken and at the bottom so that God can finally get our attention and that we can finally allow God to do His job. So many times we want to do God's job and if we don't try to play God then we are usually blaming Him for all that's wrong or playing victim or feeling sorry for ourselves.
It's time to step up, grow up, stop making excuses and blame shifting, and pick yourself up and seek the Lord. Repent if you need to repent. Change if you need to change. Adjust your attitude if you need to adjust it. Whatever the case, I can't speak because I don't know your situation and you don't know mine, but I do know no matter the situation God can help us rebuild our lives.
We have to stop living in the past, break old habits, destroy old cycles, get rid of our negative thinking, and status quo and we need to start all over. No matter the situation you face today or have been dealing with, let God guide and help you to rebuilding your life. Understand it will take time, one day at a time. Understand you can't be God or tell God how to do His job. You also cannot live in the past and keep doing things the same ways when they do not work and haven't been working. You must learn to trust more in God's provisions and His timing, understanding its gonna take time to reubuild your sitution.
Your life may never be the same or go back to the way it was, and sometimes that's a good thing, but either way that doesn't mean your life can't be better, have more meaning, or have more God if we would start the process of rebuilding our lives and giving our situations over to God. Admit your are broken and need fixed. Realize God is our creator and the only one who can heal and fix our brokeness. I'm there with you today folks, we all got issues and problems in our lives that need God's attention and intervention so that He can begin the rebuilding process. Let's all start today.
“Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.-Nehemiah 2:18b(NIV)