So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided. Esther 7:10
Telling lies often will appear to be acceptable, with no cost. People are telling lies on a regular basis and do not seem to have any problems. False reports about people are being spread on a daily basis, to the point, it is difficult to know what is the truth.
Watching the news, one will see many reports of what someone supposedly said or did. There will be reports on both sides of the story, saying the person did it or did not do it.
Haman had spread a false report to the king that the Israelites were out to destroy him and his nation. The king had believed him for a time, and allowed for the destruction of the Israelites.
This plot was discovered and uncovered. This destruction would also destroy the king’s wife–Esther. So the king was against Haman. His lies were uncovered and it cost him his life.
Being deceptive is an easy thing to do and most people will not be able to recognize it. Yet, God is watching and sees all deception and lies being told. He may allow it to happen, but there will be a price to be paid in the end.
There will always come a time when a lie is uncovered for what it was. This may occur in this life, or it may occur when standing before the judgement seat of God in heaven. Telling a lie is a sin and the cost of it is death.
Although one may have lied, Jesus has paid the price for that lie. He paid the price of death for the sin and is willing to forgive when repentance occurs. However, if there is no repentance, the individual will have to pay the price of death.
Lies and any other sin comes with the price of death. The world may not see it, but God does.
You may have done a sin against God at some point. It may appear as though no one has seen it. Know that God has seen it and there will be a price to be paid, whether it is a lie or some other sin. Repent of the sin, while there is still time before the final judgement occurs.
Do not try to pay the price yourself. Allow God to cleanse you of sin and restore you.
I pray today that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn from all sin towards God; that you will live your life for God; and that you know the forgiveness Jesus offers you.
But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, wherever my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.” 2 Samuel 15:21
Serving others can mean very different things to different people and different situations. To some degree, ever person serves somebody to some level.
When talking about serving others, most people think about free serving, especially in the Christian community. Yet, serving someone is just helping meet the needs of someone else.
Every person who works a job is serving someone. They are serving the boss and the costumers of that business. Some may directly serve, while others are very indirectly serving.
David was fleeing from his son, Absalom, for his life. Absalom was working to take over as king. As David was leaving, Ittai, a foreigner, a Hittite, wanted to go with David. David was going to send him back, but Ittai refused. He committed to serve David anywhere and anytime, even unto death.
Many people do not like to be a servant to someone else. They want to be served. Yet, Jesus, who was God’s Son, came to serve man, who broke relationship with God and deserved only death. He showed commitment to mankind, even including death on a cross.
It is common for a person to serve someone else as a long as it is a benefit to serve. There has to be something in it for the person to serve. All Jesus had was the hope that some would follow Him and be saved. There was no guarantee.
Commitment to serve must be made, regardless if it is a voluntary service or a paid service. Every believer is to work as unto the Lord, giving his best for whoever he is serving at the time.
Your first commitment to serve must be to God. Serve Him first and foremost. Then you must be willing to serve others as He puts them in your path. Give your best to everyone you meet.
As Ittai stated, be willing to serve, even to the point of death. This is showing the love God has shown you and is showing the rest of the world. As you are serving others, God will put others in your path to serve you. God will be your strength to make it through some tough service and you will be blessed more than any man can bless you.
Who can you serve today?
Today I pray that you will know who God wants you to serve; that you will serve as Jesus served you; that you will have God’s love for others in your life; and that God will use you to touch the hearts of many people.