I’ve been reading through the Book of Nehemiah. It has long been one of my favorite books of the Bible. But yesterday, I came across a little verse that had escaped me until now.
“Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained” (Nehemiah 6:1).
Did you catch the three key words? “No gaps remained.”
It took Nehemiah and his men 52 days to build the wall around Jerusalem. It was a wall of defense. And it is significant that “no gaps remained,” because the wall was only as strong as its weakest point. A huge, fortified wall was useless if just one gap remained, for the enemy would penetrate the city at that gap.
In recovery, it is important to build a wall of defense. We do this by going to meetings, reading recovery material, practicing spiritual disciplines, and more. But none of this will keep us sober if just one gap remains.
Recovery Step: Is there a gap in your recovery? If so, stop everything else you are doing until you fortify that gap.