What does the offering mean? In the time of Nehemiah, arrangements were made, perhaps because of the scarcity of wood, by which certain districts were required, as chosen by lot, to furnish wood to keep the altar fire perpetually burning. Wood represents that which must burn for the fire of God to remain ablaze. John the Baptist said he must decrease so that Christ would increase.
The scarcity of men who would sacrifice self and their agenda so that God would have His way – is no small issue. As the year comes to an end and the theme Nehemiah’s wall rings in our thoughts …reflect on the most important part of restoration … the wood offering.
The wall does not belong to Nehemiah. It is God’s wall of Jerusalem and God used Nehemiah only to lead the building. God is the builder, the owner, the provider of materials and the finisher. But He also wants to use the collective effort of His men and women. Men and women who would present their lives as living sacrifices. The restoration of nations involves the correction of people’s destiny and then the sacrifices that must be made. Think more of what you can do for your nation rather than what your nation can do for you … then you will be thinking right.
Reflect on your life … can you say, you are decreasing in some material area and through this allowing the glory of God to spread even more. Can people look at your life and glorify God? There are men and women in history who have given much but few like Isaac can say they offered themselves for service. Many and their families have made themselves rich gains through service – becoming rich contractors and reserving positions even for generation yet unborn… vastly wealthy. But why is the wood so hard to find ?
Nehemiah was like wood. Often pained in the derision and criticism he often encountered and intensely disliked by Sanballat’s wide network …most waiting for him to fail – but he did not stop doing the will of God. It is not easy to be a wood offering …to be unsung as God prospers His work. Learn from Nehemiah. It seems there is a quiet sadness at the end of this book.
Genesis 22:6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
Verses for further meditation
Exodus 3:2; Leviticus 6:3
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders ready to make the needed sacrifice are scarce
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me to be strong in serving and bringing myself as God’s fuel for His fire. As I enter the new year, let me decrease even more as God increases.
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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