Do you ever wonder why God does not just show you everything that is going to happen in your life at one time? As I look back over my life since I left home and went off to college, I can see so many times where God directed my steps, but I was not ready at 18 years old to see where I would be at 44. God had a lot that He needed to teach me, show me, and remind me about who He is and how I can trust Him.
If you have read Chapter 3 you may have noticed all the names and the descriptions of the area of wall that each group is rebuilding. If we are not careful it is easy to get bogged down in this part of the text, but do not miss what we can learn. One, it is amazing what God can accomplish through His people working together. Two, every name listed is a name that God knows, and He knows your name as well. He knows every intricate detail of your life. Three, some people will not join in on the journey, but we need to keep our focus on the task (See Nehemiah 3:5).
Remember, if you are saved, you are a part of God’s family. God has a plan for you in the amazing task of reaching the world with the Gospel. He knows your name, He knows your strengths, He knows your fears, and you can trust Him!