Saturday Repair (to make strong and firm—no quick fix)
Text: The Old City Gate[a] was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. (Nehemiah 3:6, NLT)
Yesterday we considered the rebuilding that took place on the wall. Today let’s think about the repair.
As I read through the chapter I noticed there were many more references to the repairs the people were doing to the wall and gates.
According to Wiersbe, the word repair is used thirty-five times by Nehemiah, and it means “to make strong and firm.” (Be Determined, p. 40)
So many times we want the quick fix, the easy out. How many times have we seen someone shove things under the bed, or sweep the dirt under the carpet instead of doing the cleaning that really needed done?
The people’s lives depended on the sturdiness of the wall. There was a sense of national pride that infused their work. And a love for and honoring of God.
When God looks at our work, does he see our pride and love for him, or does he see us cutting corners and trying to get by with as little as we can?
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, NLT)