“The former governors, in contrast, had laid heavy burdens on the people, demanding a daily ratio of food and wine, besides forty pieces of silver. Even their assistants took advantage of the people. But because I feared God, I did not act that way.” 5:15
Nehemiah’s not a perfect leader, but he’s a godly one. It’s easy to get swept up in the quick-moving stream of everyone else’s behavior. But because Nehemiah is so familiar with what God expects of him, he knows something’s wrong when he sees it. This is especially tempting to ignore when it comes to money. Nehemiah’s decision to live modestly and work harder starkly contrasts the former governors. Why does he do this? Because he fears God more than he loves money.
How do you respond when you notice corruption within a system?