“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
– Robert H. Schuller
As much as we all desire the “good life,” we know by experience and confirmation from the Bible that life is tough. Whether we are at the base of a mountain, half way up the summit or standing at the peak–we know that there will always be another mountain to climb. Every segment of the journey is meant to guide us, grow us, and form us into better versions of ourselves. This growth only happens through tough times.
This week we will be starting a new sermon series based on the Book of Nehemiah. This series seems to be pertinent to where we are in our faith journey as a church. We have a large roof replacement project, an evangelistic series that will soon begin and various other projects and initiatives underway. With all that is going on, it can seem difficult to keep everything going and in order.
This is our journey collectively, but the reality is that we also have personal challenges that we must face. The Book of Nehemiah illustrates the challenges of a community, but also the struggle of an individual. In Nehemiah we see lessons that will help us as a church body but also on personal levels. As we start this new series, “Nehemiah: Building on the Will of God” we will get to know Nehemiah quite well.
Here is a brief synopsis of the man that we will be learning about:
Nehemiah was a genuine leader, an excellent administrator, and a man of prayer. He exhibited many principles of sound administrative practice. Nehemiah’s singlemindedness of purpose, attention to detail, willingness to delegate authority, dedication to service, and dependence on God were combined in a man who can simply be labeled as a servant of God (The New American Commentary, Vol.10).
As we begin this study of Nehemiah let us all seek God’s guidance as He reveals a power plan for our lives. May we grow in the plan that God has for us all. May we see grace and peace unfold in the struggles that we endure. And let us all become “tough people” in Jesus Christ!
Grace and Peace,