The Bible is full of stories of flawed people used by a perfect God to accomplish his work in the world. Scripture is really the "blockbuster" story of God's rescue mission. Join us this summer as we look at people who played both leading and bit roles in God's beautiful story of redemption. This week: Nehemiah.
Read Nehemiah 2:11-18
I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.
By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King's Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.
Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace." I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.
They replied, "Let us start rebuilding." So they began this good work.
Nehemiah had grand plans for a huge job that would require the help and work of many people. So why do you think he was so secretive when he set out to begin his task? And why were others so agreeable when he did reveal his plans?
It's easy to fall into the trap of being all talk, with no action to back it up. Pray today that God not only would help you plan well how to live your life, but would also give you the strength to put that plan into practice.