In the midst of the building going on, there arose complaints amongst the people due to the scarcity of corn. A lot of these people have mortgaged their properties, some have put their children into slavery just to obtain corn. It got to a critical point and they had to complain to Nehemiah.
When the complaints reached Nehemiah, he was very upset, so he consulted with the nobles and the rulers. He asked them whether having redeemed their brothers, the jews, from the heathen, would they now allowed them to be sold at home again? The nobles had nothing to answer him. So he asked them to restore to the people their lands, vineyards, oliveyards, and houses, and the nobles agreed.
From that time, Nehemiah was appointed to be governor over the people of Judah. Unlike previous governors, he did not charge the people or take of them bread and wine, because he feared the Lord. He continued the work of the wall, and was fully focussed on pleasing God. No wonder, he could pray God to remember him for all the good he had done for the people.
What could we learn today from Nehemiah as leaders? Do you put your people first or seek to satisfy your own needs? Nehemiah has laid a good example for us all to follow.
Some verses to remember
19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.