Our verse of reference in Nehemiah 5 is:
“But the earlier governors—those preceding me—placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that.” (Nehemiah 5:15 NIV).
Fear God.- Nehemiah was certain that all his actions were under the divine guidance. He had no fear of punishment, was only afraid of letting God down, the God who loved him and granted him abundant blessings. Dear brothers and sisters, our gratitude for the divine mercies, out of respect and fear of God, let us move away from all sin, flee from temptations, avoid even the appearance of evil. Let us live in holiness, serving God through our witness.
Dear God, you see and know it all. Out of the love and respect we have on your presence, we pray that your Holy Spirit may keep us from evil and sin. We want to walk with you, and reflect with love and respect to our family and neighbors what you have done for us. Transform us into vessels of honor. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios.