BY: CINDY JACKSON
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BIBLE TEXT: “. . . The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” –Nehemiah 4:19-20
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem was a monumental task, one that required the labor and commitment of every Jewish family. Nehemiah’s plan was that each family would take a section of the wall to rebuild. Because there were enemies plotting to thwart their work, all the people carried a weapon in one hand as they worked with the other. They were constantly on guard against enemy attack. If any portion of the wall fell under attack, the trumpet would sound, and everyone would rush to that section of the wall as reinforcements. Although, Nehemiah knew that God would protect them and fight for them, he also knew that the family under attack would need the backup support of the other workers.
We are daily building our own “wall,” in our families, our relationships, our work, our service, the things God has called each of us to do. Like the Israelites, we are often under enemy attack, and although, we carry the weapons of the Word and prayer in one hand as we work with the other, there are those times when the prayer and support of fellow believers are needed. There are times when we are tired, weak, and broken, and we need reinforcements. We need others to pray, others to speak the Word in our life. When we can’t do it alone, we need to let go of pride and fear and sound the trumpet, rallying others to our side. Then “our God will fight for us.”
PRAYER: Father, Thank You for surrounding me with a community of believers, people who will rally to my side when I can’t fight the battle alone. Lord, please get rid of any pride and fear in my life that might keep me from “sounding the trumpet.” Help me to also be the person who will support others when I hear the sound of their trumpet, their cry for help. Thank You that once that trumpet is sounded and reinforcements arrive, that You will fight for us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy has been married to Tim Jackson for 27 years and has three children: Audrey (23), Tyler (18), and Drew (16). Cindy has been a homeschool mom for 18 years and has been teaching at Liberty Christian Academy tutorial for 16 years. Reading, writing, and cooking are her favorite pastimes. Although a teacher, she is really a student at heart, always desiring to learn more.