Beloved in the Lord,
For the next couple of weeks, we are going to talk about the Leadership Style of Nehemiah.
Today’s focus is on SENSITIVITY!
May the Holy Spirit minister deeply into our hearts, the message He has for us for today.
SCRIPTURE: “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:4 NIV)
Nehemiah broke down and wept when he heard that Jerusalem’s walls still had not been rebuilt.
Why did this upset him? Walls mean little in most present-day cities, but in Nehemiah’s day, they were essential as we would consider electrical power or a police force. They offered safety from raids and symbolized strength and peace.
Nehemiah also mourned for his people, the Jews, who had been stifled by a previous edict that had kept them from rebuilding their walls (Ezra 4:6-23).
Nehemiah was deeply grieved about the condition of Jerusalem, but he didn’t just brood about it. After his initial grief, he prayed, pouring his heart out to God (Neh. 1:5-11), and he looked for ways to improve the situation. He put all his resources of knowledge, experience, and organization into determining what should be done.
When tragic news comes to us first let pray. Then seek ways to move beyond grief to the specific action that helps those who need it.