Nehemiah 1:11-12 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days. And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.
Never be too quick to share your dream or your vision with anyone. Joseph shared his vision with his brothers and that gave them another reason to hate him and they tried to kill him as a result. In 1 Kings 11, it was Jehoiada, the priest, who had a vision that Joash would start reigning as King instead of the wicked Athaliah. He waited until he was prepared before sharing the vision and it came to fruition.
Nehemiah was another man of God who practiced the principle of waiting until the right time to share the vision. When he returned to Jerusalem, his primary mission was to rebuild the walls that surrounded the city that were broken down when the people were being taken into captivity. When in Jerusalem, for 3 days he told no one what God had placed on his heart. Instead, he went out night after night to observe the situation and gather information so that he could then present a workable plan to the elders as to how the vision would all come together.
It is interesting that Nehemiah waited 3 days to share the vision. The number 3 represents the trinity, and symbolizes God’s will. Effectively, Nehemiah waited until God released him to share the vision. It never stopped the naysayers – Sanballat and Tobiah, from ridiculing what they were about to do, but it never mattered much as Nehemiah’s approach created a united team who believed that it could be done. Despite planned opposition, it was done.
Life Application: There are 3 things that you can learn from Nehemiah in executing your dream or vision. Share it only with the right people and at the right time, after you have gathered adequate information and devised a proper plan for its completion.
Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom to know when to share with others. Also, place the right people in my life who will help me to execute the vision you have given me. In Jesus’ name, amen.