Grace to Give

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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Gen 50:15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.

Fear is a highly destructive emotion. It distorts clear thinking and finds an ally in guilt and uncertainty. The death of Jacob creates an instant vacuum of leadership …and fears suddenly surface. Leadership is important in all situations. The Pastor must be a leader and not a club manager …the father must be a leader and not a quiet coach … businesses and nations need leadership. Leaders can be imperfect and may God spare us from evil leadership …but absence of leadership in any situation gives a green light to chaos. Jacob was hardly buried and imaginations begin to run riot.

Guilt and fears arise and it seems certain that Joseph will revenge now that Jacob was buried. It is difficult to understand forgiveness more because it is a divine gift … Joseph was enabled by the spirit of God to release hurts that were so deep. The brothers of Joseph did not understand how or why Joseph should forgive.

As you meditate on this text. Reflect on the truth that forgiveness is not a natural reaction. Most people control their actions well but are only compelled to postpone demonstration of revenge until the opportunity presents itself in a more convenient form that covers their real agenda of revenge. For Joseph that opportunity has now come. Joseph, as a leader, could easily organize processes and events that will inflict pain on his brothers at the same time pretending innocence. This is a common abuse of office.
“Are you a leader”… is there a leadership vacuum in your situation? do you lead in your home as the father? What kind of leader are you? Are you full of tricks masking your inability to forgive and thirst for revenge. Ask God to search you and to give you the gift from Heaven to truly forgive others. How do you take decisions when there seems to be none to challenge or hold you to account … remember that God holds you accountable. God forgives and the blood of Jesus cleanses us … do not allow past guilt to trap you into fears. God’s grace that brought you safe thus far will surely lead you home

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

Prayer : Lord help me to receive your forgiveness and more grace to forgive others. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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