I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days,
I set out during the night with a few others.
By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the
Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been
broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.
Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in:
Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us
rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what
the king had said to me.
They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this
good work. Nehemiah 2
Do you not wonder sometimes why some people have an army of
followers while others seem to simply stroll-on alone no matter how hard they
try? Nehemiah had a burden to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he got help from
the king but as good as that was, he still needed the people to buy-in
otherwise, he can do nothing.
Nehemiah travelled to Jerusalem, there’s only so much you
can achieve by proxy. He went round in the night to assess the situation on
ground. The situation you can confront is the one you can conquer. Take stuck
and don’t be intimidated. This will also work for a personal challenge as well;
if you’ve got a debt problem for example, make a comprehensive list of all your
creditors and how much you owe them.
Get help, every noble cause requires volunteers. The great
question is who Nehemiah had to become for the people to ‘want’ to arise and
build at his instruction. David hid away in a cave and multitude gathered to
him, Jesus went round and simply said to people on their businesses “follow me”
and they did. Work less on techniques and more on become a well-rounded person;
who you are speaks louder than what you say.
Remember, inspiration, you may get alone but execution
requires others, receive the grace to engage the right support for your dream
in Jesus’ name.