Ancient Jerusalem lied in ruins, its walls torn down from invasions, its gates burnt down and its people in despair. Nehemiah was away in relative comfort but saddened by what he heard. He wept and in fasting, prayed to God, who had warned the people of Israel that lack of faith in Him was leading them to failure.
However, if you do not listen to me or obey my commands, and if you break
my covenant by rejecting my laws and treating my regulations with contempt,
I will punish you. You will suffer from sudden terrors, with wasting
diseases, and with burning fevers, causing your eyes to fail and your
life to ebb away. You will plant your crops in vain because your enemies
will eat them. I will turn against you, and you will be defeated by all
The walls of Jersualem had not been rebuilt in the ninety years since the people returned. Nehemiah asked God to remember them with favor dispite their lack of faithfulness.
We live in a time when the walls of faith are crumbling and the people of God are failing. Our families are being torn apart. Fathers and mothers are leaving families. We live in terror of debt. We buy what we do not need yet fail to feed the poor. Jobs are scarce. Sexual morality is absent. Sunday morning is starting to look like Saturday night. Our nation is in chaos. We have failed to understand the provisions of God. He promised us forgiveness of sins, hope of eternal life, strength to overcome temptation and blessings in raising our families. Our standing with God is based on faith in Him. We come by faith in Jesus Christ to God.
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
It is clear, then, that God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God's law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith. The story of Nehemiah demonstrates that faith in God requires us to move in faith. Project Nehemiah is asking us to join in an act of faith. We are asking the Church to walk in faith of Jesus Christ by depending on the Word of God. Jesus has asked us to be witnesses of God to world.