“Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.”
Throughout the years, my wife and I have gathered many coffee mugs in our cabinets. In fact, we probably have too many, but you never know when people will be over to the house and want a cup of coffee. However, two coffee cups are very special to me, but one of those two cups is the golden cup in my hand. That one that is the golden cup in my hand is a coffee mug that my daughter gave to me on Father’s Day that says, “dear dad: i love you”. This cup has a couple of chips on it, but it doesn’t matter to me because of what it means to me. There are other cups that are aesthetically more appealing, but they are not the cup I want to use because they don’t have the same meaning to me that the one my daughter gave to me has.
When God says that Babylon was a “golden cup in the LORD’S hand,” He is saying that Babylon is the cup that has special meaning to Him. Babylon had a special meaning to the LORD because they were willing to be the tool He used to accomplish His Word. Though there were many other nations that the LORD could have used, it was Babylon that He chose as His golden cup. There are several things about being a golden cup in God’s hand that I would like to point out to you.
First, the cup was chosen by God. Let me remind you that God chose you to use you. Before you get too haughty about being God’s golden cup, you had better remember that He is the One who chose to use you. That cup that my daughter gave me had no choice in becoming the special cup to me, but it became special because of my daughter’s heart in giving it to me. Likewise, it is not because of you that you were chosen by God, but it was because of what Jesus Christ did in your life and God’s mercy that He would choose to use a person like you.
Second, the “chips” in your life are what show the mighty power of God. What some call flaws in your life, and what some would say causes you not to be useful to God is the very thing that makes you useful to God to show His power and grace to the world. You may have some “chips” that you feel make you useless for God, but He will take you just like you are and use you in a mighty way. In fact, those chips won’t even bother Him when you become His golden cup.
Third, you are nothing without God. That cup that I like so much would sit in the cabinets if I didn’t want to use it. That cup has no right to say to the other cups that it is more special than they are because it is just another cup without me using it. Likewise, you are just another person without God. It is God who makes you the golden cup. It is God who makes you more special than the others. Never look at how God is using you and think that it is because of you. The only reason you are being used with the chips and cracks in your life is because of the hand of God on you and not because of you.
Fourth, there are other cups God can use if He chooses to do so. Don’t think for one second that God couldn’t reach into His spiritual cabinet and use someone else. If you will always stay humble and be amazed that God would choose to use you, you will find that He will continue to use you as a golden cup in His hand.