Nehemiah: Leading By Encouragement

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Facing down an army of people who want you dead is never easy. I say this not from experience but simply from being human; no one wants to be killed. When Nehemiah set up his plan for defending his followers he looked out over the people and said:

Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes. 4:14

I think Nehemiah saw fear in the people and sought out a way to encourage them to fight. We don’t know if he gave a longer speech than this single recorded verse. My guess is that he didn’t since they were not all gathered in the same place but were spread out in various locations in the city. I think he probably traveled from place to place repeating his encouragement. If you were going to war what more would you want to hear than:

  • Remember the Lord – remember his promise to you and remember his power to fulfill it
  • The Lord is great and awesome – he is for you and not against you
  • Fight for your brothers, sons, daughters, wives – we are most motivated when we know our cause is bigger than ourselves
  • Fight for your homes – this is your land, your very life, fight for it!

I think this is a great way of encouraging the people who are following you. Leaders should always point their people back to God and appeal to the selflessness of doing something for the ones you love. Nehemiah gave them a plan and the tools they needed and now they are encouraged to carry it out.

Is your plan struggling to gain momentum? Could be that your people are discouraged or fearful of the possible outcomes. How can you encourage them in what they are doing?

  1. Like the new/revised layout!

    I can’t answer for helping others meet a unified goal but I can speak for myself when I am struggling to gain momentum and discouraged. I do all kinds of things but what works is just like what you recommended.

    I have to remember God. When I think that God has placed me where I am for the purpose of bringing Him fame, I realize it is not about me.

    Taking that perspective off of myself and on God helps me to remember the bigger picture, the truth of His provision, and even more so the truth regarding His promises.

    I guess I would do the same for others but frankly I just don’t know how I would go about doing that. Maybe seek out a coach? (:

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