TUESDAY March 14, 2017
And I [Nehemiah]went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were burned with fire.Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no room for the animal under me to pass. So I went up in the night by the valley, and viewed the wall; then I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned. And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, or the others who did the work. - >Nehemiah 2:13-16
Nehemiah proceeded to give an in-depth description of Jerusalem’s city’s walls. Nehemiah first needed to gain a bird’s-eye view of the scope and magnitude of what God had called him to do. He still remained silent and did not speak a word to anyone about his good intentions. God’s people were already depressed––if he had told them, they might have responded, “There is no possible way.” So, he prayed and waited on the Lord for the perfect time to let them know, what he was going to do.
Nehemiah would have to rely on the people to help him accomplish the work of God; he could not build the walls by himself. He would need faithful and loyal people to help undertake the task. As I get a little ahead in the story, how long did it take to complete the wall? It took only fifty two days to finish. Why? The reason the wall was accomplished so rapidly was they worked together in harmony. Everyone had a mind to work; they were unified; as the Spirit of God worked among them.
Loyal people are needed to accomplish the work of God. Nobody can have their own agenda. God will bring together a unified team with one vision and purpose––to get the job done!
If ten men are carrying a log — nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end — and you want to help, which end will you lift on?
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