Esther 6:11 Honor May Come Later

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So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!” Esther 6:11 

It is common for someone to do something good, but no one recognizes the good being done. It is done in silence, though in public. Since this happens so often, there are some people who get angry and no longer want to do good. They get bitter because they were not honored or recognized right away.

People love to get recognized for what they did. Getting recognized gives them a personal reason for what they did. It is as though the action is now important.

At some point Mordecai had revealed a plot against the king to the king. He had saved the king, yet nothing was done about. He did not receive any recognition. Years later, the king came across the records and found out what Mordecai had done. Immediately he had Mordecai honored. Not only was Mordecai honored greatly, but it was done by his mortal enemy, who was out to kill him and many Israelites–Haman.

Doing good things often goes unrecognized. Most do not take time to honor someone for doing something good. It is as though no one cares. However, God sees what is going on at all times.

With God seeing the good being done, He is in the process of honoring that person. The honor may show up in this life, as with Mordecai, or it may show up in heaven, when God says ‘well done, good and faithful servant’.

The timing of being honored should never dictated whether a person does something good or not. Good should be done out of love for God and for all people.

There may be things that you have done in your past that were very good and no one appeared to even notice that you did them. Do not allow yourself to be bitter over the lack of recognition. God has seen all that you have done. Give Him praise for allowing you to do that good, and trust Him to do what is best.

God, in His perfect timing, will give honor when it is due, at the perfect time. In the end He will lift you up before your mortal enemies and honor you with eternal life. Be patient for the honor to come and still do more good.

I pray today that you will do the good God has for you to do; that you will trust in God’s timing; that you will do things to please God and not man or self; and that you will give God praise for all honor given to you. 

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Esther 4:14 For A Purpose

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“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 

Getting into a new position happens often for many people. Sometimes that new position is unexpected and of high honor. They were not seeking a high level position, but it appeared to come to them.

When a person is humble and this occurs, he will often ask himself as to why he got that position. There does not seem to be a logical reason for getting it, yet he is still there.

Mordecai had chosen to refuse to bow down and pay honor to Haman. Haman then got the king to sign a command to allow all the Jewish people to be killed, because of rebellion. Mordecai asked Esther, who was family and the king’s queen, to go before the king about it. She was nervous, because it could mean she could be killed. Mordecai told her that maybe it was for this very purpose that she was made queen.

Most people will never be in a position of queen or king over a nation, but they will be in other positions of different levels of influence. Regardless of what position a person is in, there is a purpose for it, and one more than just a title or paycheck.

God places people into positions to be His witness. At every level there are people who need to hear about Jesus. At every level, there are people who need a Godly influence in the decision making process. Believers can bring God’s wisdom into any decision made.

You may or may not be in some high level position, but you are in a position that can touch others and influence them for God’s eternal purpose. You can be the light in a dark place that may be what changes or protects others.

Do not be afraid to take a stand for God and His ways. The world may not like it and may kill you, but then again, the world may see it and change. This is not for you to decide, but to trust God and maybe be there for such a time as this.

Ask God to show you why you are where you are. It will be to be an eternal influence in a temporary world.

I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that you will not fear being God’s witness; that God will use you to touch many lives; and that you will be a light for Jesus to this dark world. 

Esther 6:12-13 The World’s Future

Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him–you will surely come to ruin!” Esther 6:12-13

As Haman was plotting the destruction of the Jewish people, the king had found out that Mordecai had once saved him from destruction. Mordecai had never been honored for that work. The king then had Haman honor Mordecai throughout the streets of the city. He was then told by his friends that his downfall had started and that there was nothing he could do about it because Mordecai was Jewish.

The world likes to feel that they are in absolute control of everything. With that mind-set, the world strives to destroy Christians. They will make rules that will make a Christian be a criminal if they continue in their belief.

As this happens at times, the believer may feel like the world is winning the battle. The pressure to give in to sin will be great.

However, the world has not read the end of the story. God has the final word.

Haman’s advisors and wife realized that with Mordecai being Jewish, he had a power that was greater and that Haman would lose in the end. As a believer, you have a power that is in you that is greater than the powers that are in this world. God has and will overcome those in the world.

The world may look like it is winning the battle right now, but God will win in the end. The downfall of Satan and this world started when Jesus rose up from the dead nearly two thousand years ago.

The future of this world is destruction, while your future, as a believer in Jesus, will be one of eternal life. As you stand strong and true to Jesus, you will overcome those in the world. The world may try to stop you and destroy you, but all they can do is destroy the body. God has your soul in His hands.

Trust Jesus today to keep you safe in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will not fear the attacks of this world; that you will not give in to sin; and that you will trust God for your salvation.