• Carolyn Kazmierczak

The King's Cupbearer

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer. Nehemiah 1:11

Nehemiah risked his life for an earthly king - King Artaxerxes, by serving him wine and making sure it had not been poisoned by tasting it first. He lived in a luxurious palace with all its amenities. Yet for him, those luxuries held no comparison to the glories and assurances of God.

Nehemiah’s real allegiance was to our heavenly King, not an earthly one. He was a humble and generous man, chosen by God to rebuild the walls at Jerusalem. He was a man of prayer who depended solely on The Lord for strength to accomplish the tasks God had set before him. He encouraged God’s people to not be afraid of their enemies and to fight for their brothers, sons, daughters, wives and their houses. (Nehemiah 4:14).

Completely and totally devoted to God, Nehemiah was a leader who inspired others to be steadfast in their work to The Lord. And through his steadfast work and encouragement, he left a prime example of how we can strive to do the same. Every day, he faced uncertainties as he tasted the wine for the king – a task that could surely cause not only despair, but certain death.

Nehemiah never lost hope through the trials and afflictions of life. We too, can remain steadfast, devoted and humble in our daily walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus, because He can be trusted to guide us every step of the way as we face the uncertainties of everyday life.

May we be found faithful to trust Him, so that we can witness His mercy, strength and grace poured out upon our lives. And may we live a life of faith as Nehemiah did – a servant willing to risk our life for the glory of our Holy and heavenly King.

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