Building blocks

“Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?” Nehemiah‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

My past two posts have been centered on building a business, project or something (could be your life, home, a house or anything personal). We have looked at ventures to take a note of when building in the first post. Last week, we dealt with battles to overcome when building. Today’s focus is on blocks needed in building. 

I want us to look at this biblical account of a Jewish man called Nehemiah who served as a cup bearer to Artaxerxes, King of Persia. A cup bearer was one who served wine in a palace and also a wine taster for the King. He got wind of what had happened in Judah; the walls of Jerusalem had been torn down and its gates also destroyed by fire. Nehemiah made it his life mission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. There are some pointers we can glean from this story on building. Although, this was in the context of building a wall, the principles have a universal application 

Block 1: turn to God

“Then I prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked…” Nehemiah‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Undergoing any building venture is very tough and trying. Like I alluded in my last two posts, man was not designed to build things by himself, but by the help of God. Nehemiah had a huge task ahead of him and opposition. People were mocking at him. Nehemiah’s first response to his opposition was to turn to God in prayer. Your first and primary building block should be praying to God for assistance and wisdom to build and complete. I don’t know your faith or beliefs, but may I encourage you to develop the habit of praying to God who is as real as the person next to you. Not only that, but yearn to have a deeper spiritual experience with God. I can talk confidently like this in a politically correct world because of a personal, real experience 

““This is GOD ’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as GOD: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33:2-3‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Reader, God is calling you into fellowship. He wants you to call him in prayer and He will answer you. Believe it and try it, even if this concept is alien to you

Block 2: have a mind to work

“So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” ‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Building has two phases: the time to draw your envisioned plans on paper and then the working part. Many people can’t build because they have not moved beyond the drawing board. They are in love with what they have drawn thinking whatever they are involved in will materialize. There is no “abracadabra” involved in building but purely hard, hard work. Building mostly requires double of the work you will do. If it was easy, everyone will be a builder. Building has no time for wishful thinking. Building only understand four letters: W-O-R-K. Draw, plan, strategize, have think tank meetings, but a time comes when you will have to fold your sleeves to your elbow and get to the job. That is the only legitimate way you can put up a structure, be it a business or your own personal project, say, finishing an academic course

Block 3: be on guard

“… because of them we set a watch against them day and night.” Nehemiah‬ ‭4:9‬ ‭NKJV‬

The context of this verse was Nehemiah set a watch or stationed guards against the enemies who were hellbent on seeing to it that the wall will not be completed. That is wisdom. He built and fought at the same time. Most never finish anything because they grossly underestimate the level of competition. You can’t succeed in the corporate world if you go in naively thinking everybody is for you and your friend. There are serious levels of competition and opposition EVERYWHERE that you will truly have to step your game up. Nehemiah was not naive; he stationed guards to ensure he will complete his assignment. Understand you have two levels of opposition in everything you do. You have internal which has to do with your psyche (mind) or how you are feeling (emotions), then you have the external opposition which comes in the form of people. Wisdom will demand you place a guard or set a watch on these levels of opposition, else you ain’t building nothing 

My prayer is we will take time to carefully ponder and meditate on these truths so that our profiting will be evident to all. Wish you the best of God’s grace in whatever your hands are currently involved in 

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Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love

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