I gave charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel… (Nehemiah 7:2).
The project of rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem and hanging the doors had been completed, so it was time for Nehemiah to move to the next assignment God had for him.
To keep the momentum going which he had started, Nehemiah picked two trusted men:
- Hanani—his brother, who had previously visited Judah and brought back a faithful report about the condition of Jerusalem.
- Hananiah—a “man of integrity” and most importantly a man who “feared God more than most people do.”
These are good men that can carry on for Nehemiah. Nehemiah started the project, brought it to completion, and now new leaders are needed to keep the momentum going.
Notice that it is after completing the project and then delegating to new leaders that Nehemiah writes, “Then my God put it into my heart” to take on a new project (v. 5).
A mark of a godly leader is one who appropriately delegates so that he can receive God’s new assignment.
This is Part 9 in my series on godly leadership. To read my other posts, please click here.