Nehemiah 1:11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Now I was cupbearer to the king.
Nehemiah was a man known to have change his nation during his time. When he heard of the destruction that happened to the wall of Jerusalem, he personally prayed, fasted and did something to make things happen. One of his first job was to ask the king for a way to go back to his hometown since he was working abroad.
He was a cupbearer to the king. A really dangerous job. He needed to taste the wine of the king before the king drinks it to make sure it has no poison. it is not a prestigious job though he was working in the palace.
If you read through Nehemiah, the king granted Nehemiah’s request and even helped him on the onset with the things that he needed. You might ask why. The Bible never explicitly said why Nehemiah found favor with the king. I have my own theories. Here are some of my thought:
1. The power of prayer. Nehemiah prayed and fasted that he will experience success in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. It would be a daunting task for an overseas worker to lead it but God made a way. They say the first step is the hardest step so when Nehemiah went to the king, God gave him favor because he was chosen by God to rebuild the wall.
2. His excellent job and stature. Nehemiah as you will read in the Bible is a hard worker. He has a good track record with his boss. He was operating in a different level of grace and excellence because he was working for the Lord and not for men.
Look how Nehemiah described his encounter with the king
In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence.2 And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing butsadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” 4 Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.” 6 And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside him), “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me when I had given him a time. 7 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.
So to all my brothers reading this post, follow the one two punch of Nehemiah when it comes to work. Ask for God’s favor and work hard because your boss is God and not men. It doesn’t matter what your job is – a cupbearer, a driver, a call center agent, a real estate developer, a millionaire, a billionaire – don’t treat it as work as usual because your work is for the Lord!