Nehemiah 7:70 And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests’ garments. 71 And some of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pound of silver. 72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and threescore and seven priests’ garments. 73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
There is something that marks out God’s children and that is the uncommon grace to give and keep giving till the work is done. Giving without compulsion, cheerfully and willingly. This is not limited to money, but also time, talents, gifts …giving love …even as God gave His only begotten son …generously and abundantly as Christ Himself gave His life. The Spirit of God works through us this rare grace. Consider how Abraham gave Isaac and how Isaac released His life to God.
We are not told that Nehemiah pressed the people for gold … rather we read that they abundantly gave without prodding. Perhaps your business, political service, role as father or mother in the family can be a rare act of giving. A business that is a blessing to mankind will succeed … a life that is a gift to humanity will not be easily forgotten. All can give, from the wealthiest to the most needy. The widow of Zarepath, the supposedly barren Hannah, Ruth who gave her chances for a husband by leaving Moab …etc. Sacrificial giving that hurts but is borne gracefully. The Bible says it is better to give than to receive … On the contrary, the devil and his agents are recognized for greedy taking, need for immediate gratification and recognition …like Haman, they chase after honors and are ready to kill for it.
The people did not rest in their cities until they had generously given to the work. I pray we and all that we do will be beautiful gifts to society and that all that come in contact with us and/or our enterprise will be blessed. Remember the grace to give as God gives speaks of cheerful generous and sacrificial giving.
Verses for further meditation
1 Samuel 1:20-22 ; Genesis 22:9
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders are rare gifts sent by God as channels of His blessing and for the furtherance of His work.
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, give us grace to give as you have ordained. 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.
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