There’s no shortage of leadership books in the marketplace. Amazon lists over 100,000 books on with more published every day.
Few of them are as practical and up-to-date as the book of Nehemiah.
None of them have the inspired power that resides in the thirteen chapters of this book, which is located near the end of the Old Testament historical books.
Nehemiah, who lived in the fifth century B.C., was born among the exiles of Judah.
Many years earlier, his people had been defeated and deported; but Nehemiah’s leaders placed him in the service of the most powerful king on earth, Artaxerxes of Persia.
As the book opens, Nehemiah received a report from his ancestral city, Jerusalem. The walls there were broken down, the gates were burned with fire, and the survivors were in distress.
God deeply burdened Nehemiah with the plight of Jerusalem, and within four verses of the beginning of the book, the reader finds Nehemiah weeping, mourning, fasting, and praying.
With the king’s permission, Nehemiah traveled to Jerusalem to oversee the rebuilding of the walls of the ancient capital of his people.
As we read the book of Nehemiah, we can’t help learning vital skills of leadership.
This book gives us one of Scripture’s best case-studies in spiritual and visionary oversight – setting goals, planning projects, delegating tasks, organizing people, solving problems, and accomplishing results.
One person empowered by God can make a difference – whether that person is Nehemiah or whether that person is you.
One person like Nehemiah, blessed by God with passion and leadership, can make a difference for time and eternity.
“So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.
And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God” (Neh 6:15-16).
All of us can become better leaders by studying the life and methods of Nehemiah.