There are certain advantages of belonging to the family of God. Nehi certainly realized that the only way that he was able to complete this seemingly unsurmountable task in such a short amount of time is to rely on God.
The walls were completed and the gates in place. But, we had a slight problem – nobody to live in the city! In chapter 7, we see how Nehi also had the ability to hear God:
4 At that time the city was large and spacious, but the population was small. And only a few houses were scattered throughout the city. 5 So my God gave me the idea to call together all the leaders of the city, along with the ordinary citizens, for registration. I had found the genealogical record of those who had first returned to Judah.
So, Nehi sent word to gather the leaders for registration. I guess it was kinda like an “open-house.” “Hey, come look at the new walls & gates!” I was reminded of the movie “Field of Dreams” and the now-famous phrase, “If you build it, they will come.”
God gave him the idea. I love that. How many times do we think of a clever idea and brag about how smart we are? Nehi knew where his ideas and his solutions come from: God. I admire Nehi’s character and his walk with God.
Lord, help me to always seek answers from You, then honor You for Your help.