Nehemiah, King Artaxerxes’ butler, was an Israelite. One day as he worked in the palace word came to him that his people’s city, Jerusalem was lying in waste. Nehemiah’s heart broke for his people. He cried out to God, begging Him to restore to the people their land. He asked The Lord to use him for the rebuilding of the city.
King Artaxerxes granted Nehemiah permission to return to his homeland. As Nehemiah rode into view of Jerusalem he saw for himself the broken down wall, the gates on fire, the city in ruins.
He went to the people and told them that God had sent him and that it was time to rebuild. The people responded: “let us rise up and build”.
The wall that had laid in ruin was restored in only fifty-two days.
The encouraging word from a man of God had inspired the people to get out of the mess they were living in. Nehemiah’s leadership and example strengthened them as they restored the walls.
We can be that person who God calls on to be an encouragement to someone else. To help lead someone out of a hard time. To be an example. Talk to The Lord about it. Rely on Him for direction. Allow Him to use you.