"Truth is God, fear of God and fear of no man. Lies are the devil, fear of man and low self-esteem. Choose Truth" -Linbakes 

"After the wall was finished and I had set up the gates, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed. I gave the responsibility of governing Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah, ... for he was a faithful man who feared God more than most." (Nehemiah 7:ff) 

Wherever a project is completed you would expect some form of relaxation and a silver lining. Incidentally many while commissioning the great works emerge with a new trend: "A lunta continua," Meaning "the battle continues." Indeed this is true for the choice of command after any project becomes as good as the project itself! 

The scripture tells us that the work was complete, but the wall was not finished. There was a need to choose the chain of command. The city gates had to be opened at sunrise to enable merchants to enter and set up their tent- stores but at the same time not to let the enemy attack when no one was alert and awake.  

It is tempting to relax our guard and rest on past accomplishments after we have completed large tasks. But we must never cease to take care of all that God has entrusted us. Following through after a project is completed is vital as doing the project.  

The task of choosing the right command to take over the administration of the city wall and gate was not a game of calling a petty name. It required following a tested creed of pillars.  

Faithfulness and fear of God were the key character traits that qualified Hanani and Hananiah to be taken as the best choice for the noble responsibility of managing the city gates. A faithful person can be trusted to carry out the work as instructed and at the same time, a God-fearing person will do the work in line with God's priorities. 

In choosing the right command it is imperative to look at both faithfulness and fear of God that translates into reverence. Although other qualities are equally important, these two seem more impressive and all-rounder and do not simply wither. 

Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, as I continue to undertake the role of leadership command in every respect, let me be affirmed by the servant leadership I witness in your son Jesus Christ. Oh my God, let my greatest passion be compassion. My greatest strength is love. My greatest victory is the reward of peace. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.  

Albert Collins Kyeyune