The Old Testament book of Nehemiah recounts, in thrilling detail, a monumental time in Israel’s history led by an unlikely exile. I encourage you to read it for yourself to discern in full the qualities of a great leader — patience, confidence, and trust in God alone.
Nehemiah, the leader credited for rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, could not have risen to such an exalted position unless he had been dedicated and passionate about his service to the king. He spent months and months planning what was needed, planning on what to say, planning on what to ask for.
At the same time, he chose to harness his emotions and wait and pray patiently for God’s timing. He didn’t try to break down any doors. He didn’t try to push himself into the king’s presence. He didn’t try to rush the process through manipulation. But once God opened the door and created the opportunity, Nehemiah was thoroughly prepared to unveil his well-prepared plans with genuine passion and compelling persuasion.
How are you at balancing your passion while waiting on God’s sovereign timing? How do you handle your great idea, dream, or noble cause with grace and patience when you’ve done your planning and are eager to persuade others to get on board? Follow Nehemiah’s example. Temper your passion with an absolute confidence in God’s ability to produce the desired outcome…in His time.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart! (Psalm 27:14).
Question: How do you react to Nehemiah’s patience in the face of a dream that he knew God had called him to?
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