Putting God's Word into Practice…

Notes from Nehemiah (Chapter 7)

on December 4, 2014

I gave my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man than many. (7:2)  Nehemiah delegated roles and responsibilities.  He knew he couldn’t do everything and that he needed to return to his post as cupbearer to King Artexerxes.  When he looked for a leader for God’s people, he chose ones who stood out as faithful and God-fearing.  It is interesting to me too that he chose his brother.  Those closest to us know us best, so for Nehemiah to find his brother worthy of this responsibility says a lot about Hanani.

Why does faithfulness and fearing the Lord matter for a leader?

  • Because sometimes leaders have to take a stand for holiness at the risk of upsetting people.  God’s standards must navigate all decisions.  The fear of God, not the fear of man, must rule a leader’s heart. (7:61-65)
  • Leaders set an example of generosity.  They cannot expect people to give to the Lord’s work when they themselves don’t make it a priority.  Leaders are givers, not takers. (7:70-72)

Is my faithfulness to God and my fear of God evident–to my family, to my church, to my community?  Do those characteristics define my life?  Lord, make it so!


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