4 Jun


In his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy wrote, “Some men showed courage throughout their lives; others sailed with the wind until the decisive moment when their conscience and events propelled them into the center of the storm.”  Twenty-five hundred years ago in the land of Persia, the terrible plight of his people propelled a man named Nehemiah into the center of the storm.

Nehemiah risked his life by sharing his burden with his boss, a powerful, pagan king.  When, asked to  state his objective, Nehemiah replied, “Send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’  tombs, that I may rebuild it (Neh.2:5).  The king granted his bold request.

Weeks later, when Nehemiah stood before the forlorn inhabitants of Jerusalem, he cried out, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste and its gates are burned with fire.  Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.”  And the people responded heartily, “Let us rise up and build” (Neh.2:17,18).

Are the walls of your marriage lying waste or burned with fire?  Does anything about your union feel like a reproach?  If so, take of Nehemiah’s courage, rise up, and rebuild those walls!

NOTE:  Daily there is a new post to help your marriage be a success.

NOTE:  This article is from the book Family Life and Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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