Our online store is now closed. Learn more about our books here and purchase from your favorite major retailer!

From Jim for Men: A Timely Leadership Lesson from Nehemiah

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?

Special Contest Announcement:
To share our excitement over launching our new website, we’re offering a fun contest where you can win exciting the entire After God’s Own Heart library of books – 17 total books! Plus, we’ll be giving away copies of our brand new books, A Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices and A Man After God’s Own Heart – Devotional. Click here for details to submit your entry before the deadline.

Read From Jim for Men: A Timely Leadership Lesson from Nehemiah on Elizabeth & Jim George.

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.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published