Sharing the Dream

Joel Plantinga

READ : Nehemiah 2:11-20

“Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer suffer disgrace.” (v. 17)

In a cynical culture dreamers take great risks in boldly proclaiming their visions. In the Bible, Moses took a lot of heat for daring to suggest that Israel’s home was not in Egypt. In our time Martin Luther King Jr.‘s dream of civil rights was viewed with doubt and hostility, while Ronald Reagan’s dream of freedom’s victory was greeted with fear.

Nehemiah yearned for the people of God to find security in a rebuilt Jerusalem. After he inspected the walls, the time came for him to share his dream with others. Just doing this put his credibility as a leader on the line. How would people respond to a task that seemed so far-fetched? If Nehemiah were to be successful, he would need the participation of all the people. More than that, he would need the people to repent, just as he had, so that their relationship with God could be restored. It took courage for Nehemiah to share his dream with the people. But he feared their rejection less than he feared disobeying God’s will.

Once you’re certain God has spoken to you, share your dreams with others so that they can pray for you and help you realize your vision.


God, give me wisdom to know when to share my dreams with others. Amen.