“Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble
even the burned ones” (Nehemiah 4:2)
Have you ever witnessed the aftermath of a building fire; a fire whose intensity consumes the entire building or house. When a building is totally burned to the ground, there is normally nothing left of the building or house that is useful. When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, the walls of the city were nothing but rubble of burned stones. I once stood in front of a house that was totally devastated by fire. All that was left standing was the chimney surrounded by a pile of burnt bricks.
My friends said to me that these burned stones were the best bricks for building a great barbecue pit. To people who are not skilled in the use of construction material, all they see is a pile of useless, burnt bricks. To those who are skilled, what they see is possibilities.
Fire is needed to make bricks. Once a brick is made by fire it becomes fire resistant. During the burning process, bricks are charred and blackened by the fire; however, they are not destroyed.
In many ways, believers are like bricks. The fire of adversity will make us strong, but occasionally we encounter problems that burn us to the ground. It could be a marriage that suddenly ends in divorce, an abusive relationship that leave us devastated, or a church we thought would help us, but instead all we encountered was hurt.
Maybe you have lost a loved one and your life seems to have ended. You have suddenly become withdrawn. You may even feel like you are lying in a heap of despair, feeling discarded and alone. Let me encourage you. There is no need to lie devastated and alone anymore. God is in the business of using broken people. The Bible is full of examples of ordinary people whose lives were devastated by fiery circumstances. Like the stones that Nehemiah used to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, God can rebuild your life.
Nehemiah’s enemies wanted to know if he could finish his work with the burned stones. Nehemiah answered their question by completing his mission: “So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” (Neh. 4:6)
You may not be Nehemiah building a wall, but you are trying to rebuild your life from the rubble that’s left. Some of your friends are probably asking the same questions Nehemiah faced: “Can your life be rebuilt again?” “Can you find happiness again?” “Can you be used by God again?” THE ANSWER IS YES, GOD CAN USE YOU AGAIN.
I want to encourage you to rise up and rebuild the ruined places in your life, because nothing is impossible when God is on your side. As the Apostle Paul said:
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (Rom. 8:31)
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