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Thursday, May 14 2009
Nehemiah was a good leader, but he was more importantly a Goldy leader.  His prayers asking God for direction is recorded in nearly every chapter including Chapter 6.  He states in verse 9...

...O God, strengthen my hands.

And in verse 14....

My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

The prayers sent up in chapter 6 are not without reason.  Nehemiah was under attack from his enemies.  They were threatened by the wall built by Nehemiah and the children of Israel and began to spread rumors concerning Nehemiah's character.  They stated...

6 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.
7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.

The tactics of our enemies do not change.  Revelation 12:10 calls Satan the "accuser of the brethren".  There will always be those that stand against a Godly leader and their anointed vision, but a leader stands firm and pushes forwarded always being reminded of the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15...

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Perhaps, the most frustrating enemy of all is the "it's God's will" people.  I have no other term for them, but they always use God's will to manipulate their own agenda and Nehemiah faced one in the form of the High Priest.  Nehemiah 6 states...

10 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.

Nehemiah "tried the spirit" and found it lacking.  His response is as follows...

11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.
12 And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
13 Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.

A leader must remain diligent and forever watching for pitfalls.  I am not suggesting being paranoid, but wise to the enemy.  If we study leaders such as Nehemiah, we will find the we will become more aware of our surroundings with a greater understanding of what God expects from His leaders.
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 08:16 am   |  Permalink   |  Email