REBUILDING THE STATE 2
(Acknowledge the Need for Change)
Today, we look at the first two defining characteristics and actions of Nehemiah that empowered him to deliver leadership and a national change.
1. He acknowledged the need for change.
Nehemiah, when he heard of the desolation of Judah and the broken walls of Jerusalem, he immediately yearned for change and acted based on this passion.
"When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven."
The scripture says he sat down (reflecting on the state of the nation), and wept (wishing and desiring a better order of events in the land).
Working in the palace of the King of Persia, he could have decided to settle for the little privileges he was enjoying. Yet, he passionately desired an instant change.
2. He accepted the challenge to lead and show the way.
Nehemiah defied all odds and approached the Persian king about his desire to lead the rebuilding of the wall, and God gave him favour.
He then proposed his action plans to the Jews and in Nehemiah 2:18, "... They replied at once, 'Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!' So they began the good work."
I leave you to reflect and start a wave of change with this biblical admonishment in 1 Timothy 2:1&2,
"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
May the peace and blessings of God dwell within our walls and it's inhabitants in Jesus' name. Amen