Just because something worked well yesterday, that doesn’t mean it will remain effective today; and what works today might not be the right tool for tomorrow.

In the Old Testament, Nehemiah was charged by God to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile of the nation of Israel. But rebuilding that wall would be a monumental task—one that would require all-hands-on-deck in order to pull it off.

In chapter 3 of Nehemiah, there’s a list of everyone Nehemiah employed and managed during the project—everyone from priests, to temple servants, to goldsmiths, to perfumers. No one, male or female, was exempt from the command to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall.

When opposition to rebuild came from the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites, Nehemiah was forced to adapt. While Israel’s enemies plotted to fight Jerusalem and foil their plans to rebuild the wall, he shifted his plan and turned his people from builders into builders and warriors! With a hammer in one hand and a sword in the other, his workers kept building the wall.

John Maxwell

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