Friday Rebuild (all materials present in the rubble for the task)
Text: The Fish Gate was built by the sons of Hassenaah. (Nehemiah 3:1, NLT)
According to Warren Wiersbe’s study on Nehemiah, “Be Determined,” the word built is used six times in Nehemiah 3 and it means rebuilt. For this rebuilding no new material was needed. Instead the workers found the material in the rubble around them (Be Determined, p. 39).
How often do we put off doing the work while we wait for what we think we need: supplies, programs, people, funds?
Perhaps we could begin to see progress if we would use what is at our hand.
When God wanted to use Moses, the reluctant servant came up with all kinds of excuses. God asked him what was in his hand. It was his staff, until he threw it on the ground, and then it became a serpent.
David defeated Goliath with the smooth stones he had in his pocket.
Jesus fed the multitude with the lunch of a child, five small rolls and two sardines.
What has he given you to use? What’s in your hand?