“But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious.“
Nehemiah 4:7 NLT
So, yeah. Things are rough out there. It seems they get rougher every week, with new information given and wounds exposed. I know He’s answering many of our prayers for integrity among His Church. But what a bleeding mess it is in the process. Then I read this section of Nehemiah this morning, and actually got a sense of God as Healer at work in the mess.
In particular, two Hebrew words stick out in the phrase “the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired.” The word for gaps is parats – breach, break down; and being repaired is satham – stopped up. “The literal rendering is given…[but] the metaphor is that of an open wound or cut to which a bandage is applied, bringing relief and restoration.” (source)
God is not mocked. If He could be, we wouldn’t worship Him. Our personal and collective sins will always be brought to light. Our complicity in them must be grieved. But gaps must be exposed before they can be sealed up. And wounds must be acknowledged before they can be healed.
Friends, this is not all for nothing. God does not allow things to be brought into His penetrating, holy light to merely spotlight our deep sin, but to reveal Himself as the Righteous Healer. Nothing else will do right now, Believers. And you better believe any whose idol is power will be angry as it happens. So, okay. We learn more next time from Nehemiah how to deal. For now we sit in the fact that if we don’t want infection, we deal with the wounds properly. We grieve their discovery, but we don’t ignore them. We acknowledge it’s bad, but we look toward a good God and His perfect purposes.
No one else can heal our souls and mend our gaps. Let His light shine.