“Remember me, O my God, for good!” Nehemiah 5:19
Prayer was a part of everything for Nehemiah. As we come to the last words of the record of his labors in restoring Israel the final words are a prayer. “Remember me, O my God, for good!”
Nehemiah has prayed for direction, protection, vindication, and retribution. The last few prayers are for God to witness his actions and labors for him and his people and to remember him and the good he has done.
All of our lives are filled with a mixture of faith and doubt, obedience and disobedience, faithfulness and waywardness, Nehemiah, as he wraps up what he has to say about his work for the people of Israel ends by praying that God will remember the good that he has done.
I think we all pray Nehemiah’s prayer from time to time. “God please forget the the bad things I’ve done and remember only the good.”
Jesus came as a baby, born in a stable, cradled in a manger, and worshipped by shepherds and wisemen so that he could earn for us the right to forget all our sins and remember only that we are covered by his goodness, filled by his righteousness, and transformed by his Holy Spirit.
So God’s answer to all the Nehemiah’s out there praying that the record of their lives will be scrubbed free from the soil and stains of all their mix ups, mess up, mistakes and misdeeds is, “Ok. I will. All you have to do is look to the Savior, born in a manger, sacrificed upon a cross, and raised up from the grave, and believe on him. Make him yours and let him make you his. Do this and I’ll remember your for good.”