Studying the book of Nehemiah has awesome lessons on the subject of Leadership. I’ve observed it inductively a few times and participated in Bible studies in this book. I am presently back in Nehemiah for my personal study time. I avoided restudying this thirteen chapter section of God’s Word because I was so familiar with it’s main lessons for my life. How foolish! How prideful!
I am studying Nehemiah “inductively” which means I observe the text of God’s Word before I turn to man’s commentaries. As I read through the Scriptures, I mark repeated words and phrases. I was struck today by the words “built” and “repaired” in Nehemiah 3. If you decide to get into Nehemiah yourself, you will discover “Jerusalem’s wall was broken down and its gates burned with fire”. Nehemiah 1:3 Remember that context rules when you read the Bible and the key words above help you understand why there is a Chapter 3.
While the words “built” and “repaired” refer to Jerusalem’s actual wall and gates, I began to meditate on these two words. Applying God’s Word is crucial to study….taking it in and living it out. On a personal note, there have been seasons where the Lord graciously and totally rebuilt some area of my life. At other times, all I needed was a repair to my behavior or thinking. Romans 12:1-2 If I dwell on the rebuilding or repairing process, I will live in the “yesterdays” of my spiritual journey. It is beneficial to look back and see where He has done His sanctifying work, but to dwell there prevents me from living in the “today”. Daily He continues to repair the broken pieces of my life and I am so grateful. I am a work in progress and so are you! That wall and those gates were motionless as the people took hammer and chisel to reshape them into a wall and gates. So it is, God does the same in our lives…He does the rebuilding and repairing. We, like bricks and wood, do the yielding to His tools of restoration.
Is God the Father doing a total remodel in you now? Or maybe some much needed and neglected repairs. Be the clay and allow Him to form you into the image of Jesus.
If you want to jump into Nehemiah yourself, simply read through the book. Here are a few words you want to look for and mark:
- God of heaven
Also, make a list on a piece of paper of everything you learn about the God of heaven. Don’t forget to think on these things and put faith into practice.