The Book of Nehemiah is taught in the Leadership course at The Way of Life Bible Institute in Richmond, Virginia. Why use Nehemiah when there are so many leaders in the Bible? Nehemiah is the perfect example of an effective leader.
Know that everyone has problems. However, you can solve your problems easily when you solve them Nehemiah’s way.
What was Nehemiah’s problem?
Nehemiah was saddened because the walls of Jerusalem were in ruins and no one was doing anything about it. Nehemiah had never been to Jerusalem, but he had received word about the walls where his ancestors lived. At the time Nehemiah was a cupbearer for King Axeres.
What did Nehemiah do about his problem?
Nehemiah prayed about what to do. Then the solution to his problem began to take place when the king gave him permission to take a leave of absence along with resources. Throughout the Book of Nehemiah, Nehemiah prayed ten prayers. The life application here is that it might take more than one prayer for a problem to be solved.
What did Nehemiah do that all effective leaders should do?
Upon arrival in Jerusalem, Nehemiah inspected the walls himself. Then he organized other leaders to help him.
Nehemiah experienced opposition. Enemies wanted Nehemiah to stop working and come down. He refused to stop rebuilding the wall. We, too, might encounter obtacles while we are on our way to solving our problem.
“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)
Nehemiah’s problem solved
The walls of Jerusalem were completed in 52 days because Nehemiah refused to give up.
What is the life application for us?
- Even though a problem has existed for a long time, it still can be solved.
- Nehemiah prayed before, during and after the project was completed.
- Nehemiah refused to come down off the wall even when opposition came.
Our problems can be solved when we seek to solve them Nehemiah’s way.