People Matters

Nehemiah 11:24 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the king’s hand in all matters concerning the people.

Our God is a God of people …not a God of rules and regulations. People can be very unique in their issues and challenges and their matters are important to God’s leaders. Listening to people and being concerned with their troubles is a sign of God given leadership. Because our businesses can grow so much, we can lose touch with the people. Therefore, we must appoint leaders who will be close to the people and bring back their matters for resolution. These must not be leaders like Absalom who will turn the people away from their king, but leaders who will represent the king well and bring counsel that help the people.

This verse reminds us that ALL matters concerning the people were adequately addressed by counsel and responsible leadership. Today, we talk of human capital management – In the day of Nehemiah, God ordained special leaders for people matters. In government we would have a home secretary or minister of the interior or whatever title to focus on the welfare, safety and needs of people – especially the less advantaged, the aged, the infirmed and the youth. God cares for people and so should we.

Leadership that destroys people is demonic. Judas was under the management of satan and see what happened to him. Absalom corrupted the role of being a helper to David on people matters, being so charismatic, he would have filled a void that David could not fill … but the devil led him astray … and see how he eventually ended.

Reflect on the parable of the good Samaritan …Christ teaches us about caring and loving our neighbors. Do not be caught in the cut-throat ways of the market place. Indeed you should not copy their evil ways of staying ahead.

Verses for further meditation
Luke 10:34 ; 2 Cor 8:16

Thoughts for Business and the work place
A good leader looks after people matters. Demonic leadership is associated with corruption of people management. God has not appointed you as a tyrant or an unfaithful spy to misrepresent God and men before the people.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, teach me how to look after your people. Amen

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