Sometimes our problems are such there is no solution in sight. If we are not the ones who created the problem we can find ourselves at a dead end trying to solve it. There may be factors beyond our control or people whose decisions and actions determine the outcome. At such times it is important to remember the path we choose to find the solution is as important as the solution itself.
Problems can be opportunities to learn to depend on God. Nehemiah led the people of Judah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 446 BC. Opposition goes with the territory of being a leader. Nehemiah was no exception and had his fair share of opposition. He faced problems which were not within his control. Some of these problems were created by people with malicious intent, but he refused to buckle under pressure, continued to do his work and remained focused on his goals.
Even though Nehemiah was a man of action, his prayer life was not neglected. He blended practicality and spirituality in order to solve the problems he faced. What a great example of a leader he is for us.
He knew action is necessary for results, but action backed with prayer guarantees success. When his enemies plotted against him, Nehemiah realized that this was not a problem that he could solve in his own strength. Instead, he sought God’s help in dealing with it.
Nehemiah prayed practical prayers that showed reliance on God while he kept on with his task. Likewise, if we rely on God when faced with problems, we’ll have the ability to press on with our work and to reach our goals.
Yes, our success is indeed guaranteed when we seek out God with our whole being for a just cause as Romans 8:28 affirms.
Nehemiah is a great leader to study. One aspect I am taking away is his focus. He wasn’t going to let non-essentials detract from his accomplishment of the mission set before him.
The author pointed out so well his balance of using his God given assets to accomplish his goal; that of his physical / mental resources and his spiritual ones. That of his personal leadership and that of unified teamwork.
Nehemiah was wise by not letting naysayers drag him down and thwart his plans. I really like words he said:
“Then I sent to him, saying, “No such things as you say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart.”
For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.”
Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.”
Nehemiah 6:8-9 NKJV
Yes, indeed. When our problems are beyond our grasp, we need help from our team and most importantly, all the time, from God almighty.