Nehemiah 13:13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren.
There is a difference between being considered or said to be faithful and being counted faithful. Counting suggests we have been tested …weighed on the balance and found to be what we claim to be. How does God count faithfulness? Abraham was counted amongst the faithful – because he did not deny God, Isaac – his dear Sarah’s only Son. Abraham was not perfect? Did he not pretend that Sarah was his sister? And the scandal with Hagar? Still he was counted faithful, because he could release the most precious thing in his life.
Can you release the most precious thing in your life into the hands of God? Can you put God fully in control of your dearest possessions? Can you refuse the gifts that are not to be taken, so you can say, it was God and only God that made me rich.
Gen 14:21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. 22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
Galatians 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
The faithful are blessed. The unique blessing is that God will use them to distribute His goodness … mightily to others. But to be a conduit for blessings is to be exceedingly blessed too.
Verses for further meditation
Luke 16:10; Rev 2:10
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders have been counted among the faithful
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me in times of testing – so I am counted faithful. Amen
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