God has commanded us to repair the broken lives of many people (Isaiah 58). Challenging, yet rewarding, it can only be done with the help of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, we would be spinning our wheels and circling the wagons. As I try to live out His command, I’m reminded of the nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty. According to it, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the kings horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.” Metaphorically, we are the King’s horses and the King’s men. Even with all of our efforts, we cannot rebuild the ruins of others’ lives without the help of Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, Nehemiah, troubled by the devastation of Jerusalem, weeps and mourns. After praying and fasting, he repents of his sins, and asks for favor in the presence of the King so that he could rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah acknowledges that the hand of the Lord is upon him. Everybody in the community helps in the rebuilding. No one person has the entire responsibility; however, opposition is at every corner waiting to discourage the work.
During the rebuilding, the Lord uses Nehemiah mightily as he helps out the impoverished and requests help from the Lord while still enduring constant opposition. After the successful rebuilding, Nehemiah’s enemies hear of his success. The Bible says in Nehemiah 6: 16, that the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.
We believers must acknowledge our limitations, knowing that our help comes from the Lord. Some of our requests will be answered only with the help of the Holy Spirit. Confessing our sins and humbling ourselves will yield positive results. God will never allow anyone to steal His glory. The Lord says in Jeremiah 9:24, “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
Let’s be patient as God completes His work in us and through us. The process that God takes us through is just as important as the end result. Thus, let’s glory in the Lord and not in ourselves. Who is your “ruin?” Whose life is God using you to repair? Do not give up. Remember, God works out everything according to the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11). Let’s pray together believing that God will use us to bless lives through restoration and renewal.
For further meditation and reflection: read Nehemiah 4:1-6; Nehemiah 5:14-19; Zechariah 4:6; Isaiah 58: 5-12.