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Day Thirteen

No Ezra 3:16

Nehemiah 3:16 (ESV)

After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, ruler of half the district of Beth-zur, repaired to a point opposite the tombs of David, as far as the artificial pool, and as far as the house of the mighty men.

This passage is a snippet of a larger depiction of the rebuilding of the walls and gates around Jerusalem after the people return following the long Babylonian captivity. Walls are usually built to keep bad things or people out like a fortress or to keep bad things or people in like a prison.
A favorite poet is Robert Frost who wrote “The Mending Wall” in which the first line says, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”[1]
Walls are usually built out of fear. Later in the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “Do not fear, trust in God, trust also in me!”
John 3:16 tells us why we can trust in God  and why we can live our lives without fear.
What “walls” are there in your life which have been erected out of fear?
Were they built to “keep out” or “keep in”? Why?
Pray for the wall(s) of fear to be torn down in your life and not to be rebuilt.

[1] Mending Wall by Robert Frost