As I studied Nehemiah recently, I recognized some great lessons about career transitions from Nehemiah. The first phase Nehemiah experienced was passion.
To our knowledge, Nehemiah had never been to Jerusalem. But, when Nehemiah’s brother told him that the people of Jerusalem were in disgrace and their city was still in rubble with no walls or gates for security, their plight broke Nehemiah’s heart.
In Nehemiah 1:4 we read, “When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”
This God-given passion began Nehemiah’s journey towards a new career. Rather than running from an existing job, run towards the passions of your heart. If there’s no passion within your heart, it may not be God’s calling.