One of my favorite books is found in the Bible in the Old Testament. It’s the book of Nehemiah. It’s a story about a man that led a movement to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, a city that had been destroyed and in ruins for many years.
The reason I like this story so much is because it demonstrates how much can be done when a person works hard and involves God.
Here are three simple life lessons from the story of Nehemiah, I hope you will take the time to read his story:
- The first step in any venture is to pray – The first thing Nehemiah did when he heard how terrible things were back home was to pray. He talked to God and pleaded with God to help. He also confessed sin for himself and his people, and he asked for specific help in having favor with his boss. Prayer was his first response, Nehemiah knew that on his own he could not accomplish what God and he could do together. When we face a challenge in life the first thing we need to do is talk to God, confess our sin, ask for his help and be specific in our requests.
- People under God’s direction can accomplish impossible tasks – Nehemiah was a talented leader but he knew he could not accomplish this huge task without the help of God and other people. He put a plan together and asked for help from many different people. He was able to keep the people focused on the most important things and not get distracted or paralyzed by fear. He kept encouraging the people and praying for help, wisdom, protection and courage. When you have a big vision and you include God on everything and you stay focused, amazing things can happen. They rebuilt the walls around Jerusalem in just 52 days.
- There are two parts to real service for God: talking with Him and walking with Him – Serving God means including Him in every area of our lives. It starts by talking with Him through prayer, this builds intimacy with God, a closeness that can only come from spending time together. It also means walking our everyday lives with God. Walking with God is simply including Him on the good and the bad in your life. It’s continually acknowledging that He is in control and that we are seeking to do His will and not our own. Walking with God is also asking for help when tempted, confessing when we mess up and getting back up and continuing on after we fail.
Nehemiah’s story is amazing and well worth reading. Read it here – Nehemiah