Our Significance Comes from Our Lord

Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the king. He was a lowly servant who made a living by pouring wine into the ruler of the land. By all worldly external circumstances the King was the king. He had authority, wealth and power. Yet we hear of Nehemiah plea to God in Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah 1:5-11 NIV

[5] … LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, [6] let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. [7] We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. [8] “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, [9] but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ [10] “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. [11] Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

This is not a prayer of a weak man. This is the prayer of someone who humbled himself before the Lord, pleaded on behalf of himself, his family and the Israelites. He may have only to been a cupbearer, servant of little prestige but he realize that the true source of power, wisdom, guidance, authority, strength and blessing came from humbling himself before God almighty.

How often are we quicker to judge, or complain rather than do what Nehemiah did?

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