This month we will be taking a look at how initiative is a reflection of the character of God.
Week One: Nehemiah 1: 1-2:9
In our first week, we start at the beginning of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 1:1–2:9. We discover that Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in Jerusalem, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He recognized the huge need, but before he did anything he prayed. Nehemiah knew that whatever he would do, he’d need God’s help to accomplish it.
Bottom Line: Be on the lookout for what needs to be done.
Week Two: Nehemiah 2: 11-18
In week two, we find out what Nehemiah does with what he found out about the wall in Jerusalem. In Nehemiah 2:11-18 we see that he took initiative and set out to fix the wall. When no one else would step up, He went straight to King Artaxerxes and took action. And it’s that initiative that inspires the entire community to get involved
Bottom Line: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.
Week Three: Nehemiah 5: 1-12In week three, we see a different part of Nehemiah’s story. In Nehemiah 5:1-12, we discover that while everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severally mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, he stopped the building of the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to help them figure out a solution.
Bottom Line: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
Week Four: Nehemiah 2: 19-20, 4 and 6
In week four, we see how Nehemiah dealt with some distractions in Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, and 6. Not everyone liked what Nehemiah was doing. He had enemies who tried to distract the people from finishing the wall. But he saw through their plan and stayed focused on the job God gave him to finish.
Bottom Line: Stay focused on what needs to be done.
Week Five: Nehemiah 3-4, 6:15-16 and 8:1-17
In our final week, we head to Nehemiah 3–4, 6:15- 16, and 8:1-17 and read that God helped Nehemiah and the people finish the wall in only 52 days! They were able to celebrate all that God had done for them, not only during those 52 days but also throughout their history as His people. They heard God’s word and remembered how God had been faithful to them. They had a lot to be thankful for!
Bottom Line: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done.
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