“All Judah brought the tithes of grain, new wine and oil into the storerooms. I put Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and a Levite named Pedaiah in charge of the storerooms and made Hanan…their assistant, because these men were considered trustworthy.” Nehemiah 13:12-13 NIV
It hardly seems like an important assignment. Just controlling the storeroom? Yet, the “storeroom” was a main focus for Nehemiah, and the work God called him to do. In fact, the Hebrew word for “storeroom” is found only eleven times in the Bible, and nine are in this book. Why this concern?
Through his experiences, Nehemiah discovered that the person who controlled a storeroom had great power. He had seen what happened when he was in Babylon, when a priest used this position to control the storehouse for his own advantage. After returning to Jerusalem, Nehemiah took control, and put people in charge who “were considered trustworthy.”
Throughout time, many men and nations have learned the importance of controlling resources, and the power that results.
As individuals, we all need resources. But we need to ask ourselves who is controlling our resources? Are we investing our resources in God’s “storehouse” or in the temporary things of this world (Malachi 3:10)? What are we doing with our “treasures” (Matthew 6:21)? To whom are we looking to meet our needs?
Many depend on people in the world to meet their needs. They trust in their job or investments. In governments or big companies. The financial system or powerful people.
But the Bible makes clear that God wants us to place our trust in Him. To depend on Him, and not allow our lives to be shaped and controlled by the world around us.
In your life, learn to trust God for everything you need. Be careful what you do with your resources. Make a commitment to invest in His Kingdom, confident that you can trust in Him.
PrayerFather, help me to be responsible with the resources You have given me. I commit my time, talent, and treasure to You. Help me to be trustworthy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingNehemiah 13