REBUILDING THE STATE
They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”
Nehemiah 1:3 NLT
Nehemiah was an ordinary cupbearer to the King of Persia. Over a decade after the first round of Jews had returned to Judah, he heard of how distressed the land was, the desolation of its inhabitants and the disgraceful broken state of its walls.
This was a land whose inhabitants had become hopeless, lost their sense of national pride and were with no form of personal or corporate security; a state where inhabitants and citizens desperately desired more from its leaders. Does this depict the state of your locale?
However, rather than leveling blame on leaders or the system, Nehemiah decided to be the change factor. He took the following 4 critical decisions and steps that eventually transformed the city of Jerusalem and state of Judah:
1. He acknowledged the need for change.
2. He accepted the challenge to lead and show the way.
3. He started small.
4. He overcame opposition and distractions.
We shall consider these in the next few days as we position ourselves to exercise dominion, and demand change by leading it wherever we find ourselves.
God bless you. I love you.