As we consider the sad state of the Western Church – for the most part we are shallow and, when we are not, we are often unattractive – it is good to be reminded why we return to the Word of God each week, why we sit before it and listen. The purpose is that we be substantive, mature, growing in wisdom; simultaneously, that we be hungry, passionate, eager to know the Lord and to serve Him with wonder and delight. Today we read about Nehemiah’s charge to the Jews of his day to join with him in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. As we read this and apply it, my hope is that as we pray for God to pour out His Spirit and bless His Church, to send revival and reformation, that we would burn for a long time because there is substance to burn.