Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
Reflection: It’s been years now since the people of Israel went into Babylonian captivity. Jerusalem lay in complete ruins. The walls had been broken down and the gates burnt down with fire. The remnants who lived in Jerusalem did so in such a reproach. As Nehemiah patrolled this once acclaimed beautiful city, he confirmed in his thoughts that the reproach of Jerusalem was indeed great. A reproach is a condition of shame and disgrace. Nehemiah refused to allow this condition to linger on. His people lacked this mindset so he called their attention to it. He informed them that they needed to do something to roll off this reproach. On hearing this, the people were inspired and the rebuilding of the city began which was accomplished within a record time of 52 days. It is a foregone conclusion that if Nehemiah had not risen up to get his people to deal with this reproach, the condition would have still persisted. Thus in life, when you are reproached, you don’t have to sit down. You must rise up to deal with it. As you do so, just as it happened to Nehemiah and his people, grace will abound to enable you roll it off within a record time. It is clear that your life cannot keep resting on a condition of shame and disgrace. That condition will only last as long as you permit it. It is time to rise up like Nehemiah did.
Prayer: Oh Lord, let every case of reproach in my life be rolled away in Jesus name.
Confession: I refuse to accept any condition of reproach in my life. My life will not rest upon any condition of shame and disgrace. I rebuke its power and I overcome it in Jesus name.