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Leadership.6 More Principles by Caleb H.
November 3, 2008, 8:07 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

Nehemiah continues to be the object of our focus as we look at more aspects of biblical leadership.

As Nehemiah lead the Israelites to repair the wall around the city, they faced fierce opposition from their neighbors. Rumors, gossip, slander and threats abounded against Nehemiah and the people, but they, under Nehemiah’s leadership continued to work.

Nehemiah 4 recounts the whole story.

What are we to learn here from Nehemiah’s example?

Two chief principles emerge.

One, use the provision and wisdom that God has given to complete the tasks that are before you. Work Hard! We often think that, since God has saved us and his Sovereign hand is on our lives, we need not pursue great things for him, but can rest on our laurels. But scripture commends again and again, for us to strive after the goal of holiness, to not be unaware of our enemy who prowls about like a lion looking for someone to devour. There is work to be done, and God has called us to do it in strength and wisdom!

Two, we CAN ultimately trust and rest in the Lord as we work hard to glorify him in our lives.

He encourages the workers,

“Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”

and again,

“…Our God will fight for us.”

Points of Application:

  • While salvation belongs to the Lord, we should be wise and discerning in how we use the resources (time, money, strength) that he has provided us in order to carry out his will for us (the pursuit of holiness).
  • TRUST in the Lord! He is mighty and WILL be faithful to his children!
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