The End of the Year

Nehemiah 13:31 And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good

The year has ended. The work and role of Nehemiah has ended. His final words seem loaded with thoughts … not quite clear if he is excited about the future…”Remember me, o my God, for good…”  is as a soft plea of a man who is yet to see many personal pains soothed. God cannot forget any, so Nehemiah is not prodding God’s memory …rather, he is appealing for God’s mercy and His goodness to come to his aid. Nehemiah does not say much about his own personal battles, but like all men – surely, he needs God’s help and goodness. Nehemiah puts himself last in the restoration story that he narrates. A selfless Nehemiah puts himself last in the intercessions made concerning the rebuilding of lives and the correction of destines. There are days like this when in your prayer closet, you go to God saying “this time its me crying for help…”

Nehemiah does not assess or trumpet his achievements. He disregards the accolades. He has not yet seen much change in the hearts of the people and wonders if he worked in vain. Like Jeremiah, he often fears that his labours are wasted.  Did the people listen? Will they go back to their old ways once he is gone… does anybody really care? But Nehemiah knows he can have confidence in his God. There is a quiet surrender mixed with confidence in God.  The contributions of Nehemiah are done. Now, rest.

Nehemiah has done well, but knows better than to plead his own goodness. He pleads the goodness of his God. As you enter the New Year … my prayer is that God will reveal His overshadowing and awesome goodness afresh to you.  I pray that God’s goodness will erase the memory of days of tears, difficulty and pains. I pray God’s goodness will heal all your hurts and give you victory in trials known to God so you can have His rest in 2016. I pray that that which God has rebuilt will never again be brought down again by His enemies.

But how will God remember you in the previous year. God does not count as men do. Will God remember you for any good? When your works in the year are all burnt …will anything still stand? I fear there is so much that is vain – not done for God or by God, that God only forbears. Let the New Year be a different year. May your life in 2016 count for something with God.

Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Finally, do remember to be watchful as the love of many waxes cold, it is those who endure to the very end who enter God’s eternal kingdom. God bless you. Have a wonderful New Year. Keep burning hot and glowing in the coming year.

Verses for further meditation
Judges 16:28; Col 4:18

Thoughts for Business and the work place
God’s measures and standards are much higher than those of men.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, I pray for all the leaders reading this devotional. Remember them all for good. Amen

 

As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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Wood Offering

Nehemiah 13:31 And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good

What does the offering mean? In the time of Nehemiah, arrangements were made, perhaps because of the scarcity of wood, by which certain districts were required, as chosen by lot, to furnish wood to keep the altar fire perpetually burning. Wood represents that which must burn for the fire of God to remain ablaze. John the Baptist said he must decrease so that Christ would increase.

The scarcity of men who would sacrifice self and their agenda so that God would have His way – is no small issue. As the year comes to an end and the theme Nehemiah’s wall rings in our thoughts …reflect on the most important part of restoration … the wood offering.

The wall does not belong to Nehemiah. It is God’s wall of Jerusalem and God used Nehemiah only to lead the building. God is the builder, the owner, the provider of materials and the finisher. But He also wants to use the collective effort of His men and women. Men and women who would present their lives as living sacrifices. The restoration of nations involves the correction of people’s destiny and then the sacrifices that must be made.  Think more of what you can do for your nation rather than what your nation can do for you … then you will be thinking right.

Reflect on your life … can you say, you are decreasing in some material area and through this allowing the glory of God to spread even more. Can people look at your life and glorify God? There are men and women in history who have given much but few like Isaac can say they offered themselves for service. Many and their families have made themselves rich gains through service – becoming rich contractors and reserving positions even for generation yet unborn… vastly wealthy. But why is the wood so hard to find ?

Nehemiah was like wood. Often pained in the derision and criticism he often encountered and intensely disliked by Sanballat’s wide network …most waiting for him to fail – but he did not stop doing the will of God. It is not easy to be a wood offering …to be unsung as God prospers His work. Learn from Nehemiah. It seems there is a quiet sadness at the end of this book.

Genesis 22:6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

Verses for further meditation
Exodus 3:2; Leviticus 6:3

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders ready to make the needed sacrifice are scarce

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me to be strong in serving and bringing myself as God’s fuel for His fire. As I enter the new year, let me decrease even more as God increases.

As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

To subscribe to the devotional, please enter your email address (the left column) above the “subscribe” button (and enter on the green button). God bless you.

Recessionproofchristianlife.com is a privately owned blog/media site started in 2009 as the internet ministry of the author. It promotes the absolute authority and divine inspiration of the Holy Bible as the Word of God – Infallible and Sufficient.

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