Who was Nehemiah in the Bible?
God is in the business of working through His people to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. God often shapes people with personality characteristics, experiences and training that prepare them for His purpose, and usually we have no idea of what God has in store for us. God prepared and positioned Nehemiah to accomplish one of the Bible’s “impossible” tasks.
Nehemiah was a common man in a unique position. He was a secure and successful cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes. Nehemiah had little power, but he had great influence. He was trusted by the king. He was also a man of God, concerned about the fate of Jerusalem.
Seventy years earlier, Zerbbabel had managed to rebuild God’s temple. Thirteen years had passed since Ezra had returned to Jerusalem and helped the people with their spiritual needs. Now Nehemiah was needed. Jerusalem’s wall was still in ruins, and the news broke his heart. As he talked to God, a plan began to take form in Nehemiah’s mind about his own role in rebuilding the city’s walls. He willing left the security of his home and job in Persia to follow God on an “impossible” mission. And the rest is history.
From beginning to end, Nehemiah prayed for God’s help. He never hesitated to ask God to remember him, closing his autobiography with these words: “Remember me with favor, O my God.” Throughout the “impossible” task, Nehemiah displayed unusual leadership. The wall around Jerusalem was rebuilt in record time, despite resistance. Even Israel’s enemies grudgingly and fearfully admitted that God was with these builders. Not only that, but God worked through Nehemiah to bring about a spiritual awakening among the people of Judah.
You may not have Nehemiah’s unique abilities or feel that you are in a position where you can do anything great for God, but there are two ways you can become useful to God. First, be a person who talks to God. Welcome Him into your thoughts and share yourself with Him – your concerns, feelings and dreams. Second, be a person who walks with God. Put what you learn from His Word into action. God may have an “impossible” mission that He wants to do through you.
Do you talk and walk with God? Do you know God? Do you know Jesus?
Are you certain that you are going to heaven? If the answer is no or your not really sure and there is something stirring inside you at this very moment to do this, then all you have to do is say a small prayer and you can be assured of your name being added to the Book of Life. Go to the prayer of salvation and pray the words out loud and believe in your heart and you will be saved.
Nehemiah’s story is told in the book of Nehemiah.
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