It was around 445 BC. Nehemiah was cupbearer for Artaxerxes, King of Persia. He was hearing reports from his beloved Judah that the remnant there were in distress and that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down. He sensed a call from God to do something about it. He prayerfully built alliances, gathered resources and rallied his people into a cohesive, united building force that rebuilt the wall in the face of opposition and danger. In doing so he brought both new hope and renewed faithfulness to his people.
We are about to embark on a project called Building Hope. We do so in a world where signs of brokenness and hopelessness abound. What ancient insights can we draw from Nehemiah’s story.