Today we enter – finally! – upon a study of the book of Nehemiah. To begin our study, it is absolutely necessary for us to understand why Nehemiah was able to accomplish the things that he did. And the answer, not surprisingly, is that the Spirit of God was upon him. Though the phrase is never used, the truth of it permeates his ministry. God enabled him, God empowered him, to serve the people of God in just this way. Nehemiah was a great man not because of some intrinsic quality but because God made him so. Nehemiah’s great deeds are the result of his Great God inspiring and empowering him for service. It is this we shall see as we survey Nehemiah today.