Nehemiah was a generous man, not taking the governor’s provisions, which came at the expense of the people in the land around him. Instead, he provided for his own workers and one hundred and fifty Jews and rulers and other people from the nations around them. The work on the wall continued. Former governors had taxed the people heavily, but Nehemiah funded his own living, and used his own servants for the labor at hand. He provided and he prayed:
Nehemiah 5:18-19 (NKJV) 18 Now that which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep. Also fowl were prepared for me, and once every ten days an abundance of all kinds of wine. Yet in spite of this I did not demand the governor’s provisions, because the bondage was heavy on this people. 19 Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
It is important to make an investment wherever you are. God gives us gifts and blessings, and we should reinvest those blessings in others. Nehemiah, whether by observation or by accident, lived out the blessing spoken to Abraham, that stated that in Abraham all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. When we are blessed by God, we should redistribute that wealth voluntarily, and God will bless even more. When we have opportunity to take from others, especially if it is oppressive in nature, we must not oppress, but rather bless, and God will receive glory!