Then I put my brother Hanani in charge of Jerusalem, along with Hananiah, commander of the fortress, because he was a faithful man who feared God more than most. Nehemiah 7:2 HCSB
While serving as the Youth Consultant for the Missouri Baptist Convention I was responsible for a youth camp at Windermere Baptist Assembly on the Lake of the Ozarks each summer. We had approximately 500 students and leaders each week for three weeks. I enlisted a team of four youth ministers to help me in planning and directing the camps. The ministers I selected were those I trusted and knew would do the job with excellence. They had to have administrative skills as well as people skills. Each youth minister was responsible for a different part of the youth camp experience. Each was dependent on the other. If anyone failed in his duties, it meant that we would not have a successful camp.
Nehemiah had to have people he trusted and knew would be able to handle the job of governing Jerusalem. He selected individuals who had proven to be faithful and who feared God. Faithful people can be trusted to carry out their jobs. God-fearing people will do their jobs with integrity and complete their work according to God’s principles. The men Nehemiah selected had these important qualities.
Challenge: Would others say you are a person who is always faithful to the task and fears God? If you are in a position of hiring people, select candidates who are faithful and God-fearing. Faithfulness and reverence for God are two qualities you should also seek when selecting friends. Listen to the song, “Find Us Faithful” by Steve Green at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eERKnxzNzwg