God's Word For Today

Daily Devotional

Working for God

Read Nehemiah 1:1 through 4:23

In the ancient world, the cupbearer to a monarch served at the royal table, giving him access to influence the king or ask for special favors. Although Nehemiah needed the favor of the king of Babylon, he first approached the King of the universe. 


“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.” I was the cupbearer to the king (Nehemiah 1:11). 


Nehemiah wanted to use a work-related connection—his relationship with the king—to advance God’s plan. God answered Nehemiah’s prayer when the king allowed Nehemiah to travel to Jerusalem to rebuild it. 


Do you serve God on your job? Do you look for ways to use job-related connections to advance God’s purposes? God has positioned you where He wants you, just as He did Nehemiah.

Regardless of your job, God wants to use you where you are.


Challenge for Today: Find something you can do to advance God’s purposes. 


Quicklook: Nehemiah 1:5–11