The Determination of a Leader

It’s been a while since I last posted a blog for the Nehemiah series. I hope to finish this study series in a few months time. Anyway…

In my blog In The Face of Opposition, we saw Nehemiah face opposition and he handled it well. As always, he prayed and trusted in God, who is great and awesome. From verses 16 to 23, we will see how determined he was to complete the rebuilding of the walls. Let me show it to you.

16From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, 17who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. (Emphases added)

In the verses above, Nehemiah distributed the workload among his men. Some worked on the construction, some held to their weapons, and some (the leaders) “stood behind the whole house of Judah.” He gave clear job descriptions.

18And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me. 19And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. 20In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Emphases added)

Now, he established clear communication lines. This is in case of military attacks.

21So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out. (Emphasis added)

He and the people worked longer hours.

22I also said to the people at that time, “Let every man and his servant pass the night within Jerusalem, that they may be a guard for us by night and may labor by day.” (Emphasis added)

And they were now more cautious and alert for a possible enemy attack.

23So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us took off our clothes; each kept his weapon at his right hand. (Emphasis added)

Lastly, he and his team were also on guard. They set a good example.

We now see how determined Nehemiah was. He made sure that nothing would hinder the project. It is amazing that after facing opposition, he was even more determined to finish the rebuilding project. May we be like him, determined to complete any task that is before us.


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About Enzo Cortes

Enzo Cortes is the Youth Coordinator of Jzone Makati, the youth ministry of Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) Makati. He also speaks for various youth and young adult groups, including CCF Makati's young singles ministry, Friday Night Light. He loves to write, read books and blogs, drink coffee, and watch MMA fights.

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