Nehemiah’s broken heart over the difficult state of the exiles in Jerusalem prompted him to take strong action to bring help and solutions to them. This all began with a burden and realization of their dire situation. Nehemiah’s actions soon led to a rebuilding/repairing of the wall and the Israelites rededicating themselves to the Lord. In fact, Nehemiah’s leadership gives each of us insight into ways in which we can prayerfully make plans with the Lord’s guidance and move forward.
Here’s an overview of the roadmap that Nehemiah used which we can learn from:
Remember this all goes in stages, just like Nehemiah was the third prong of the return to Jerusalem!
This begins with seeing a need, Neh. 1:4
And then we weave prayer throughout everything, as prayer is woven throughout Nehemiah.
We evaluate where we are and what needs to be done, 2:11-18
Then we share what needs to be done and set goals, 2:18
Assign roles to everyone and get going! Chapter 3
Know there will be difficulty and opposition, Chapters 4 and 6
A major part of this process will be confession of our sin and rededicating our lives to the Lord, chapters 8-10
Celebrating what God has done in our lives and worshiping Him, chapter 12
Beware of slipping back to where we began, Neh. 13
Let all of this be done with the joy of the Lord (Neh. 8:10)! Otherwise, it just turns into drudgery and another thing we’re trying to do on our own, which inevitably leads us right back to where we started. That’s the last place we want to be!!
Let us all say as Chuck Swindoll has said about Nehemiah, “Hand me another brick!”
Blessings on your journey with Jesus,
The youth are leading this Sunday!
Teens will be sharing and want you to come prepared to share answers to prayer!