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Summary: Nehemiah had a pretty impressive resume and instead of leaving a path of destruction behind him, he was about to tackle the path of destruction in front of him

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How to Tackle a Tough Job

I came across some lines from actual resumes this week:

I have lurnt Word Perfect 6.0 computor and spreasheet progroms.

Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year

It’s best for employers that I not work with people.

I’m a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.

I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing.

Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.

Finished eighth in my class of ten.

References: none. I’ve left a path of destruction behind me.

Nehemiah had a pretty impressive resume and instead of leaving a path of destruction behind him, he was about to tackle the path of destruction in front of him. His resume would include the following accomplishments: “Cupbearer to the king for many years. Great job stability as long as no one tried to poison the boss. Served in the court and well connected with the power brokers of Persia.” Under the section of his resume where he listed personal information, you’d see this:

I’m concerned about problems

I have a strong conviction about God’s character

I confess my sins on a regular basis

I have confidence in God’s promises

And, I have a commitment to get involved

This is really a summary of what we learned last week in the opening chapter of his memoirs as we focused on “Learning How to Pray.” [Place Building Block #1 on stage].

As we move into Nehemiah chapter 2, I wonder how many of you completed your assignment to read the trilogy of Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah this past week? I saw someone here on Wednesday night, reading the book of Nehemiah, as she waited for her child to get done with AWANA. I won’t ask for a show of hands and I’ll even give you a one-week extension! I encourage you to complete this homework because it will help you get more out of our Time to Build series.

Before we jump into the text, let me remind you of how the Book of Nehemiah fits into Old Testament history.

Nehemiah did not rely on his resume when it was Time to Build. He got out his tools so that he could handle the tasks ahead of him. In verses 1-10, we’ll see that he had at least 5 tools in his toolbox and in verses 11-20 we’ll look at the 5 tasks that he tackled. Building Block #2 in our Time to Build series is called, “How to Handle a Tough Job.” [Place Building Block #2 on stage].

Tools in Nehemiah’s Toolbox

I don’t have a lot of tools because I’m not very handy. I would rather a buy a book than a belt sander any day. This is a problem for me, however, when I need to fix something or tackle a project. Fortunately, my dad has an entire Ace Hardware store in his garage and whenever he comes down to visit, he loads up his truck with tools. He’s got so many tools that I don’t know how he can keep track of them. He was down last weekend to help me do some work in our basement ­ actually; I’m helping him do the work! He’s like the surgeon and I’m his assistant ­ I just hand him the tools and wipe the sweat off his brow!

Nehemiah had a lot of tools as well. He pulled them out, one by one, just when he needed them.


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