So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked
with all their heart (Nehemiah 4:6).
We have often heard of the "walls of sin"--the walls we construct as a result
of our wrong doings that place a barrier between us and God. Most of us would agree that
"walls of sin" is an accurate picture of what takes place as a result of our
sin. There is a sense of a greater separation from God and of the broken fellowship with
Him. There is an awkwardness in trying to pray or talk to God, like that of trying to talk
through a wall. And there is frustration because we feel as though we are talking but no
one is listening, or because we are having a hard time hearing what is being said on the
other side of the wall. And though this "wall of sin" is a wall that must be
torn down so that we can experience the unhindered fellowship with God, we must consider
the wall that must be established as a result of a right fellowship with God.
Its kind of like going into a building that has two sets of doors at the entrance. A good
example might be an aviary at a zoo. The first door takes you into a short corridor that
leads to the second door, and the second door takes you into the actual aviary where the
birds are freely flying about. The purpose of the two sets of doors is to give people a
way to get in without letting any of the birds out.
So then, we work continuously to tare down one wall which is the door that stands between
us and God so that we can freely enter His presence. But that's not all there is to it.
There is another door that must be shut behind us. But its not so anything won't get out,
it is to keep something from getting in to us--that being sin. Our desire then is not only
to freely come to God, but also to take measures to keep sin from getting in and thereby
making it difficult to get into God. Like in the corridor of the aviary, only one door is
opened at a time, and we who are in the corridor determine which door will be opened. If
sin is in our corridor, we cannot freely open the door to God. We first must deal with the
sin and then we can once again freely come to God.
To consider the walls we will learn that the wall of sin is built one brick at a time, and
each brick representing a wrong doing against God. That of course is the wall that must
come down. But the second wall is the wall of testimony. It is the wall that is built one
brick at a time, but each brick in this wall is an encounter or experience that is a
result of our fellowship with God. One brick might be a time when money was tight and you
were not sure if you could pay the rent, yet God demonstrated His provision for you as the
money came through some unexpected means. Another brick might be an event that took place,
wherein a number of apparent loose ends came together so neatly and so timely that you
knew without a doubt that God was in it. Perhaps another brick is in His strength provided
to you in a time of weakness, and another is His comfort in a time when you thought you
had lost all hope.
As we walk with God and fellowship with Him, we will acquire the bricks of testimony. The
more we are with Him and the more we experience Him, the greater the number of bricks. As
we place brick upon brick, we build a strong and enduring wall. The higher the wall
becomes, the more difficult it is for sin, or fear, or worry to penetrate the wall. It is
the wall of our testimony. It is a wall that we have built with Him together through the
course of our fellowship with Him. And each one of us have our section of the wall to
build. Each one of us working within the power and love of God to do it. Yet our
individual walls of testimony do not stand alone, they are linked together with the walls
of testimony of others who share in this wall building process. Indeed our walls are all
part of a greater wall--and that wall is called the Faithfulness of our Lord.