As explained in Nehemiah 5, there was an outcry of the people about their living conditions. They blamed the leaders for burdening them with excessive tax to the king. Nehemiah was a leader for the people and angry at the rulers. As governor of Judah, Nehemiah pushed for reform; blasting the nobles and officials for the burdens placed on their people.
Nehemiah had profited immensely as officer in the Persian court. Now it was a time in his life to give back to others. He demonstrated self discipline and integrity by not accepting the allotment of food set aside for him as governor or taking advantage of his position. Instead, he had concern for the people and didn’t want to burden them with paying for his unnecessary extravagance.
So the lesson for me in this passage is to do what’s right out of love – not fear. To give thanks in all circumstances; submitting my will to God’s. The question of the day is – what is the foundation of my character built on? Is it built on the solid foundation of God’s Word?
- Questions for Reflection – Nehemiah 4-6 (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)