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Nehemiah 4:7-14 :

But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem went forward, and that the breaches began to be filled, they were very angry; and they all conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem, and to cause confusion among us. But we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. Judah said, “The strength of the bearers of burdens is fading, and there is much rubble; so that we are not able to build the wall.” Our adversaries said, “They will not know or see, until we come in among them and kill them, and cause the work to cease.”

When the Jews who lived by them came, they said to us ten times from all places, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

Therefore I set guards in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places. I set the people by family groups with their swords, their spears, and their bows. I looked, and rose up, and said to the nobles, to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, “Don’t 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 houses.”



Nehemiah truly was an inspiring leader. There were not many like him recorded in the Bible. We have already read how some of the kings in Israel's past, gave in to outside pressure and gave away treasure and respect to foreign leaders without a fight, even when Israel had an army. In this case, Nehemiah, who wasn't a king and didn't have a wall or an army, refused to give a single inch to God's enemies. How could he do this?


We read here that Nehemiah was getting repeated complaints from his own people about how exposed to they were to attack. Nehemiah simply gave them as much protection as he could find so that they could keep working. It's important to note that Nehemiah didn't just ignore them. He did do whatever was in his power to do. That is an important part of good leadership.


Nehemiah also addressed their concerns. He spoke out to the people and encouraged them by reminding them how great God was. That is one of the most important things that any of us can do. It's so important that when Jesus was asked how we should pray, He started His sample prayer out that way. Let's look at that:


Luke 11:2 :

He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.



God is our father. He's in Heaven which is far greater than anything here on earth. God isn't lacking in security, resources or strength. Whenever we are tempted to complain about the work He has given us, it's important to remember this fact. That's one of the reasons we need to pray.


Nehemiah also reminded the people who they were fighting for. They weren't just building a wall and fighting for God. They were also fighting for their own families and property. These are good resons to fight as well. It also shows us that it isn't wrong to value our families and our personal property.






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