Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 31, 2015

“May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel”

Today’s devotion comes Nehemiah chapter 5.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“14 Moreover, from the day that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, for twelve years, neither I nor my kinsmen have eaten the governor’s food allowance.  15 But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver;  even their servants domineered the people.  But I did not do so because of the fear of God.  16 I also applied myself to the work on this wall;  we did not buy any land, and all my servants were gathered there for the work.  17 Moreover, there were at my table one hundred and fifty Jews and officials, besides those who came to us from the nations that were around us.  18 Now that which was prepared for each day was one ox and six choice sheep, also birds were prepared for me;  and once in ten days all sorts of wine were furnished in abundance.  Yet for all this I did not demand the governor’s food allowance, because the servitude was heavy on this people.  19 Remember me, O my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.”  Nehemiah 5:14-19.


Unlike the previous governors, Nehemiah did not take personal advantage of his position as governor to tax or otherwise lay financial burdens on the people for his benefit alone (or, at least, he did not demand as much as was allowed for a governor to receive).  Nehemiah trusted God to reward him, and he said:  “Remember me, O my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.”  Verse 19.

We also remember the apostle Paul:  “and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone;  for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.”  2 Corinthians 11:9.

The lesson that we learn from today’s Scripture is that there are those things that we can do and should do for others in this upcoming new year of 2016 for which we should not charge them. 

But, God Himself will reward us instead.

May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”  Ruth 2:12.

“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward;  and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”  Matthew 10:41-42.

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