Please, O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to [reverently] fear Your Name [Your essence, Your nature, Your attributes, with awe]; and make Your servant successful this day and grant him compassion in the sight of this man [the king].” For I was cupbearer to the king [of Persia]. Nehemiah 1:11(AMP)
Today’s devotion is themed from the life of Nehemiah, one of the great servants of the Lord who served as excellent leaders. He knew his source as well as a his resource. The difference between the two is that the source is the ultimate provider of all while a resource is an example of provision if used wisely will lead to production of more after it’s kind, however it can never be substituted for the source.
The source of all is our Heavenly Father, God Almighty. He provides is with everything we needed including resources that He entrust to each one of us for stewardship. Now although we are all entrusted with resources, this is in different measure from one another. God entrust to all children resource based on their ability to steward them for increase. In other words you can be a Christian but poor and another person maybe a non believer but extravagantly wealthy. This highlights the fact that God priorities stewardship to sonship, so we all must be good stewards. This begin by having a spirit of wisdom which is only demonstrated by seeking after the presence of the Lord.
King Solomon, the wisest and richest king to ever live on planet earth, after asking and receiving more than he even asked for from the Lord. The first thing the King did after obtaining wisdom from God was to go after His presence.
Meanwhile the people sacrificed at the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days. And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”...Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.1Kings 3:2-5,15 (NKJV)
The ark of the covenant was where the presence of the Lord dwelt as oppose to the high place in Gibeon. The Lord appeared to the king there because he offered a thousand burnt offering on the alter. This is a type of worship under the law, in king Solomon’s case a thousand burnt offerings is extravagant worship. If you are a loyal reader of my blog then you already understand the connection of blood to worship if you are not I would highly recommend you read this post http://How to worship
The common thing between Nehemiah and king Solomon is that they both knew the Lord as their source and they sought him through worship and prayer. This shows a dependence on the Lord and trust that He will provide for their needs. Another thing that stands out in Nehemiah and King Solomon is that they cared for other so much that they sought for resources from the Lord for the benefit of others. Nehemiah sought for favor before the king to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem while king Solomon sought an understanding heart to judge people and discern good and evil.
The Lord our God is the Source of life and He provides us with resources which help us bring heaven on earth.So seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these gift shall be added into you. Seek the Source not resource.