Nehemiah's Emergence

Joel Plantinga

READ : Nehemiah 1:1

The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capital . . . (v. 1)

I love watching people respond to God’s promptings with blind faith. Just the other day I looked on as a lesser-known man in our church stepped up to teach vacation Bible school. God had prompted his heart and he responded in faith, having no clear idea what he was in for. Such people are heroes to me and serve as wonderful examples of how God works through us.

Nehemiah came from Persia to restore the walls of Jerusalem and lead the people to repentance. His emergence had everything to do with God’s prompting and empowerment. Obedience was the fuel for the fire in his (and eventually the people’s) heart. The spark in Nehemiah’s heart would burn like wildfire through a community whose problems had left people disheartened and disorganized.

The movement of God’s Spirit is alive and well today. Even so, the church often functions on the backs of just a few committed people instead of benefitting from the wealth of talent that has been given to the entire body of Christ. As we journey through Nehemiah’s story, ask God to lead you into a new and exciting faith chapter in your life.


Lord, use Nehemiah’s story to inspire me to obedience and faithfulness to you. Amen.