A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, August 29, 2013
“For I was the king’s cupbearer.” – Nehemiah 1:11b
The Prophet Nehemiah was the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, the King of Persia. My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible enlightens us with the following revelation concerning this verse: “God has gone before to put His man in the right place at the right time. The cupbearer was responsible to select and serve the wine, taste it to be sure it was not poisoned, and be a tactful companion to the king. As the latter, he often offered informal counsel and enjoyed the king’s confidence” (© 2002. Thomas Nelson, Inc.). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “tact” as “a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense.”
Do you submit to those in authority, my brother? Do you ask God to go before you on your behalf, to give you tact, and to fill your mouth when you speak, my sister? The king’s heart is in God’s hand (Proverbs 21:1); but God uses His sons and daughters to usher in the turning point. The turning of a heart requires God’s people to be in place and position to create that point with which a heart can be turned.
The Greek word for “cupbearer” as used in this verse is mashqeh (pr. mash-keh), which means “causing to drink, a drink itself, fat pasture, watered” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). What kind of well are you? Are you a bitter well, where the one drinking your waters are quenching their thirst with bitterness, with anger, resent, hatred, deception, manipulation, or rancor? Or are you a well, from which the Father’s Rivers of Living Water flow; thus all who come are drinking the Fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? (John 7:38, Galatians 5:22-23).
When we are willing to submit, first and foremost to the Father, and we humble ourselves under our Creator’s almighty hand, then He is pleased, and honors us by exalting us (1 Peter 5:6). When we are willing to practice responding with a soft answer, then God will quell and dispel any wrath, and cause our table to be set in the presence of our enemies, meaning He will cause our enemies to be at peace with us (Proverbs 15:1, Psalm 23:5, Proverbs 16:7). When we are willing to walk with a gentle and humble heart, because we choose to be yoked with the Savior, then God will give our souls rest; and strife, contention, and enmity will be far from us (Matthew 11:29). When you are willing to be poured out like a drink offering, as the Apostle Paul was, then your cup will always be filled to overflowing (2 Timothy 4:6, Psalm 23:5).
Do you need God to move in a mighty way for you concerning a person or situation, my brother? Do you need the favor of God to go before you, my sister? Are you longing to graze on that secure and prosperous pasture, family? Then carry the cup of the One, who has the power to change hearts, to the one in whom you need God to do a powerful work of turning, healing, and restoration.
Father, thank You for the privilege of being a cupbearer for your Kingdom. Help us to be tactful companions to those who you have placed in our lives. Help us to be slow to speak, and gentle when we do; and make us as wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). Most Holy God, supernaturally impart into us Your Fruit, and cause it to take root, spring up, and remain. In Jesus Name, we thank you that we carry and reflect your Image. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to adopt the mindset of a cupbearer. Choose to serve those in authority with a godly attitude, and for building God’s kingdom. Choose to study the Fruit of the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. And continue to fight the good fight of carrying the Father’s cup; for God, your Drink Offering, has already given you the victory!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.