The story of the Alamo has captured the hearts, minds, and imaginations of Americans throughout history. It’s the story of brave individuals who chose to stand their ground and fight despite the overwhelming odds. One of the more prominent figures of the Alamo was the, “King of the Wild Frontier,” Davy Crockett. As preparations and strategies were being made, Davy Crockett and his men took up one of the most vulnerable positions of the Alamo; a position that would surely be the first to be attacked due to it’s lack of defenses. Davy and his men bravely defended the low wooden palisade, but as history tells, the enemy was just too much for the brave volunteer and his men from Tennessee.
Why the history lesson? Just as there was a vulnerable position located within the Alamo, we all tend to have vulnerable positions in our lives as well. For some, it can be found in the form of anger, lust, or pride. Maybe for others, it’s jealousy, bitterness, or un-forgiveness. Whatever your struggle is, we all have them. Since the day we were born, we have all had vulnerable areas in our lives that the enemy loves to attack. The truth is, the enemy rarely attacks those areas that we are strong in. Instead, it’s those areas we struggle with that he loves to attack; sometimes on a day by day basis.
Nehemiah was in a similar predicament. As he and his fellow Jews began to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, he began to run into opposition from a man named Sanballat. You see, the enemy will always attack when you begin to do the will of God, and he will always attack those vulnerable areas.
In Nehemiah 4:12, we read:
“…’Wherever you turn, they will attack us.’ Therefore, I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears, and bows.”
Nehemiah knew that he needed his fellow Jews to stand in the most vulnerable positions of the wall to thwart the enemy’s attack. It was impossible for him to rebuild this wall by himself. He needed people. So do we.
We need people in our lives who can help us fight those areas of vulnerabilities. Maybe you suffer from thoughts of defeatism. You need someone to encourage you. If you struggle with pride, you need someone there to be honest with you. If it’s lust, you need someone to hold you accountable. Whatever that area is, you need someone. We need each other.
That’s why in Galatians 6:2, Paul commands us to, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
In addition, it goes both ways. Find someone to help you, but also be that somebody to someone else.
Nehemiah continues to encourage his people by saying, “Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers…”
So today, let someone fight with you in the areas of vulnerabilities. When that happens, you’ll be able to fight for others as well.