When Jerusalem was taken into captivity because of their rebellion against God, their enemies broke and burned down their city walls. The people who survived the exile returned to a city with no walls, no gate.
When Nehemiah hears of Jerusalem’s trouble and shame, he sits down and literally weeps—for days.
Why? “Why is the wall so important,” I asked God. “Why do the people of God need a wall? Doesn’t a wall shut people out from getting to God? And shouldn’t Nehemiah be relieved Jerusalem is finally free? Why didn’t we hear of Nehemiah’s grief while Jerusalem was in captivity?”
I kept reading.
I read until the Holy Spirit made it plain.
JESUS IS THE WALL. Our refuge, our strength, our help in times of trouble. Nehemiah was brokenhearted because his people were without a Savior!
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, ‘Destroy!'” (Deuteronomy 33:27)
“For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.” (Psalm 61:3)
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)