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Living in Despair

A message from Pastor Michael Eleveld

There is a great story in the Bible about a man named Nehemiah. He was living in Babylon and was also the cupbearer of the king. The Jewish people had been back living in Jerusalem for approximately 100 years. Nehemiah heard about the conditions in Jerusalem, that the walls were still down and the temple had still not been rebuilt. So, he began to pray. He prayed that God would allow him to do something about Jerusalem.

God answered his prayer. The king gave him permission to return and gave him a voucher to purchase everything he would need to make the necessary repairs to the walls of Jerusalem. When he got there, he took three days to simply survey the damage and come up with a plan to do the work.

Now, here is where it gets good. He finally met with the leaders in Jerusalem and said, “… You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies in waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem…”Nehemiah 2:17.

Nehemiah had to state the obvious…you are living in despair! They had lived in desolation so long that they had grown used to it, accepted it as their lifestyle, as normal. Nehemiah came in with a fresh pair of eyes and saw what could be done and rallied the people to rebuild.

This is a stirring message of hope and determination. So many times, we live our lives in desolation and despair. We come to accept it as our lot in life and take it as normal. However, God has better plans for us. His eyes see what can be done. He wants to rebuild us!

Our mission at The Treatment Center is to help people in despair to not accept their lot, but to know there is a plan that can and will work for them. Come let us build together!

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