DAY 3 – NEHEMIAH 2:9-20

03And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.”

There is so much to learn from the way Nehemiah approaches his job.

First, he addressed the powers who might potentially oppose his work. They weren’t all that happy but he did his part to make it known he had permission to be there.

Next, he took a tour of the job site – alone. He wanted to evaluate the work ahead for himself without politics or fanfare. Plans on the drawing board aren’t much good until you see the actual space to be renovated. 🙂

After he felt confident in his planning he addressed the people. These were people who had been in Jerusalem a while, living in the broken down ruins. I’m sure they were not all that interested in some new guy showing up and giving them a new project. This is why Nehemiah’s words to them were so brilliant.

First, he points out the trouble “we are in”. He owns the problem with them.

Next, he reminds them that the destroyed wall is a sign of derision and mockery upon them as a people. He appeals to their desire for dignity.

Then, brilliantly, he reveals how God is leading the way, even in granting them favor from the king! This is not something they need to make happen under their own steam. They simply need to partner with God.

The people respond in excitement and willingness which is another sign that God is in the whole thing.

Of course, 5 minutes of victory is followed by discouragement blasting from STG Undermining Inc. This could be crushing to a brand new venture except that Nehemiah, as their leader was well prepared and confident. He boldly shields his people with words of confidence and God given authority.

“The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.”

Nehemiah’s leadership qualities: Prayer, preparation, planning, partnership, diplomacy, confidence, God given authority.

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One thought on “DAY 3 – NEHEMIAH 2:9-20

  1. “And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem.” Nehemiah was 100 percent sure that God called him to rebuild Jerusalem. He confirmed this in prayer over and over again. He even received the blessing of the king. So what stopped him from barreling into town and immediately making known the awesome plan he had? Research with a side of humility. He went and inspected the sites for himself. He probably even prayed over them, though that is not noted in the passage so it may be an incorrect assumption. He prepared himself for the task ahead by seeing what it involved. When God gives you a calling, don’t forget to do your research. Jump in with your own assumptions and you are setting yourself up for failure. God may have called you, but it does not mean that you are 100 percent equipped for that calling the moment you received it. Do your research and prepare yourself for the tasks ahead. Also, remember to be humble. Coming to a new place, you won’t make friends by diving right in with a how great am I because I have this calling and I am here to save you. I’m not saying that you will always make friends or that you should tell no one. Clearly several knew Nehemiah’s plans because the passage begins with their displeasure. However, Nehemiah waited until he was there and did his research before announcing his calling.

    Research with a side of humility. ““The God of heaven will make us prosper.”

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