“… there is much rubbish.”Neh. 4:10
At was another device of Satan to stop the building of Jerusalem’s wall. Outside opposition had failed so he started boring from within. The burden bearers were weary and so much rubbish had accumulated that they grew discouraged.
If you are building a life upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ, you will face the problem of rubbish. You cannot build a house without the accumulation of odds and ends, broken pieces, waste material that must be destroyed; nor will you build a life without the rubbish of mistakes, wrong calculations, the inevitable odds and ends that result from our weaknesses and limitations The devil would point to all these and break down your spirit. But you will save much trouble if you learn to expect some rubbish and, in spite of errors, go right on with the building. We do not exonerate the rubbish; we merely recognize it and keep hammering away, forgetting the things behind.
Many a minister has broken down because he had to work with such faulty helpers in the church, so many mistakes were made, so much time and money were unwisely used, that the rubbish and weariness overwhelmed him. But there are no perfect churches nor deacons nor choirs this side of heaven, so a little of Nehemiah’s wisdom is sorely needed. Our Lord had to work with most discouraging disciples. There was much rubbish. One betrayed, another denied him. But he built his wall!