Bible Studies for Life
July 29 2018
Nehemiah 2:1-8 17-18
My wife Chelsie likes to joke that she is a planner while I like to figure things out as I go.
If we are going camping Chelsie likes to make sure everything is prepared and packed way ahead of time while I often find myself remembering this or that on the day of our departure consequently delaying our departure or at the very least frustrating my wife.
It’s true that Chelsie is a better planner than I but that does not mean that I do not respect the discipline of planning and being prepared. I very much do. In fact I often find that when I proactively plan things using lists and other organizational methods I am much more productive!
This concept of planning versus flying by the seat of one’s proverbial pants is not just a good idea if one doesn’t enjoy annoying their more organized and punctual friends and family; it’s a biblical concept.
In Nehemiah 2 Nehemiah petitioned the king of Persia for approval to go and rebuild his homeland the land of Judah. Nehemiah did not make his request haphazardly; he made his request with a plan a plan that he bathed in prayer (Neh. 2:4-5).
The king asked Nehemiah how long his journey would take and when he would return and Nehemiah was able to answer him because of the plan Nehemiah had made (Neh. 2:6).
Nehemiah went on to request letters from the king in order to ensure his safe passage and provide him the material necessary to rebuild the city of his ancestors (Neh. 2:7-8).
After traveling to Jerusalem Nehemiah shared what God had placed on his heart to do for Israel “‘You see the trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been burned. Come let’s rebuild Jerusalem’s wall so that we will no longer be a disgrace.’ I told them how the gracious hand of my God had been on me and what the king had said to me. They said ‘Let’s start rebuilding’ and their hands were strengthened to do this good work” (Neh. 2:17-18).