The Art of Perseverance: Nehemiah 2:4-9 (What Does Perseverance Require?)

He looked down and saw 100’s of feet below as he stepped onto the cable. The crowd watched with fear and anticipation of what could happen. He could fall to his death into the raging waters below.

On June 15th of this year, Nik Wallenda successfully walked across the Gorge section of the Niagara Falls with 1000’s watching. But his success didn’t start the morning of.

Nik began planning and preparing months in advance for this specific event.

But how many times do we make sudden decisions that could easily alter life without making the necessary plans and preparations beforehand?

Perseverance requires it.

Before His Next Step

Nehemiah mourned, fasted, and prayed for days. This is the proper way to handle emotions, otherwise they will turn to anger and fear.

Remember? These are killers of perseverance. Nehemiah did what it took to become ready for action.

Then he prayerfully made his plans.

Nehemiah 2:4-9 –

The king said to me, “What is it you want?”

Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

Then the king , with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.

I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests. So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.

So he didn’t wake up one morning and go to the king with his request. He first made detailed plans as to how he would accomplish the great project. Check it out:

  • He could state in one sentence his mission. Ever heard of the “elevator pitch”? Can you state your mission in 3 minutes or less? Nehemiah could in one sentence. He knew exactly what he wanted to do. Perseverance requires this.
  • He had plans for security during his travel.
  • He had plans for obtaining the materials to complete the project.
  • He had plans for where he would live during his stay.
Those are detailed plans. Perseverance requires this.

Perseverance Requires Patient and Prayerful Planning

Nik Wallenda didn’t wake up one morning and decide to walk across a tight rope over Niagara Falls Gorge. He spent months making detailed plans and preparations. Otherwise, he would have never had persevered the strong winds, thick mist, and roaring waters below. He would have fallen to his death.

Perseverance requires patient and prayerful planning. It did with Nehemiah.

It does with you.

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(2) Comments

  • TC Avey
    09 Jul 2012

    Great lessons to be learned from this book. I’m not always good with being patient but it is definitely beneficial, in the long run it saves time by not making (as many) mistakes.

    • J. Chad Barrett
      09 Jul 2012

      Patience being beneficial. Now, that’ll write!

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