Nehemiah 13:22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.
Nehemiah commands the Levites to cleanse themselves, but looks up to God for mercy … seeks the face of God. The grace and mercy of God concerning him, also. Leaders need so much grace not to fall in the very things they correct … how the devil likes to discourage leaders by pursuing them with arrows of temptation to act in pride, self-righteousness … and foolishness. The tests of leaders will often be more gruesome … the chastenings of the leader are more hard to bear … the preparation for the saint who will go far in the hands of the Almighty will entail far more instructions and strict examinations.
Nehemiah knows this and so pleads to God for mercy and help. Nehemiah also needs cleansing, he also needs to sanctify the Sabbath …he is in no way exempt from the commandments – but God demands a higher standard of obedience. The true leader will be frightened of leadership positions and will not clamor for it – because he understands the responsibilities associated with it.
Nehemiah also prays to be spared from certain tests …he is humble to know that he will fail them … In the end he calls on the mercy of God when his heart is examined …he pleads the mercy of God to be made clean before God. Fools plead their work which to God are nothing but filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Verses for further meditation
Matthew 5:6; Titus 3:5
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Be humble as you lead.
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, remember me for good. Help me with your mercy. 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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