A Timely Leadership Lesson from Nehemiah

A Timely Leadership Lesson from Nehemiah by Jim George

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? 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.

RESPOND

Lord, help me to be patient and trust Your perfect timing. Help my heart's prayer be - "Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart!" (Psalm 27:14).

RENEWING RESOURCES

In A Leader After God's Own Heart, readers can study the biblical life of Nehemiah with Jim George. This includes a study guide and is a great resource for pastors, leaders of mens groups, and for personal study.

REFLECT

What do I need to change about daily life to help me redeem my time? How can I find rest in a life of service?

REMEMBER

As your heart becomes more dedicated to honoring God, you’ll reclaim, recover, retrieve, rescue, and regain the minutes, hours, and days of your life for His glory.


1 Response

Gina Foster
Gina Foster

January 27, 2022

Wait on God’s open door. I have been waiting for 2 years for a door to open with my Pastor. I have been faithful in prayer knowing that God has to work first or my effort will me in my flesh and not God working. Wait on the Lord. I have follow waiting has strengthen my life and heart. Maybe I am not ready yet to face the issues of life. God is making up stronger and more dependent on Him and our own strength.
Love Gina

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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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