Read Nehemiah 3
I worked for a medical rental company, and I worked deliveries and drop offs. That might not seem too bad, but I was on call some weekends in case the companies we delivered to needed supplies (at ANY time). So, there would be inevitable phone calls that came through at 11pm, asking for a delivery, and of course my initial response (to myself) is “no way”. Sometimes, there were other employees I could ask to trade with, and then I would trade with them when they were on call. This option saved me many times, so we could all work together to get the job done. This leads us to our reading in Nehemiah 3. In verse 5, it states “…but their nobles did not put their shoulders to the work of their Lord.” The Nobles saw it beneath their “pay grade,” to help with the wall. As you continue, it shows for generations, and throughout many nations, that people everywhere were willing to put in their time, no matter the job. “And next to him” is referenced 10 times alone between verse 3 and verse 10. Then from verse 14 through almost the end of the chapter, the author starts every verse with “And after him”, showing that everyone knew their part in either the creation or repair of the wall, and knew that without their help, this wall, and their team, would fail. I’m sure there were plenty of people in this time that refused to work, or thought this job was beneath them, but like the quote in verse 5, this was the work of the Lord; and just like these men’s mission was to build this wall, the Lord has put us on this earth at this time to complete a mission designed for us.
— Tyler Jacobs