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.
Then I said: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,” Nehemiah 1:5
Knowing who a person is can be very important when one wants to make a request of that person. There has to be an understanding that the person has the ability to fulfill the request.
One does not want to go to a person with a request, that is completely unable to fulfill that request. That person may not be in the right position or have the power to grant the request. Asking him would then be a waste of time and energy.
Nehemiah had a concern, a situation that he wanted to be dealt with. He had a desire to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and the temple. He knew that he had to go before the king with the request, the only one who could grant the answer. However, his first step was to go before God with the request.
He recognized that God was a great and awesome God who truly loved His people and would be faithful. God was the only one who truly had the power to grant the desire or to make it happen. Without God on his side, the desire would not occur.
God has not changed since the time of Nehemiah. He is still a great and awesome God who keeps His covenant of love. God loves every person and wants what is best for the person. He is still the one in control and can grant every desire as needed.
There will be times when a believer has a need to be fulfilled. Instead of going to another person first, he must seek God and His favor. Realize that God is the one in control, not a person, company or anything else.
Take a moment today to realize how much God loves you. Remember that Jesus died for you showing how great His love for you is. Now be willing to go before Him with your requests.
As you present your requests to Him, first honor Him with who He is. Recognize God’s greatness and love. Worship God first and foremost, before making a request.
God wants your heart and obedience more than anything else. As you worship Him for who He is, He will be enabled to give you the answers you need.
I pray today that you will know who Jesus is; that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will know God’s great faithfulness; and that you will worship God first before any request.
Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 1 Samuel 3:6
Everywhere a person goes, he hears voices. People are always talking or they are playing some thing on a radio. There are voices everywhere, saying everything.
Recognizing one voice out of all the voices can be difficult, unless one really knows that voice very well. Moms are often able to pick out their child’s cry or call among a room full of children. Despite all the noise around them, they know their child’s voice.
Samuel had began to hear a voice in the night calling to him. He did not recognize the voice and ran to Eli thinking he called him. Yet, it was not Eli who had called him. The voice was that of God’s voice. God had began to call Samuel to begin working in and through him.
With all the talking going on in this world, people are quick to listen to many of the voices around them. There are times God will begin to call them, but they do not recognize His voice. They believe that other people are being the voice of God and follow that person, rather than God.
Believers have often fallen into the trap of this world, by listening to the voices of this world, rather than listening to God. Some churches are promoting sin and the people agree to it, because they do not recognize the voice of God.
The only way a believer can begin to recognize the voice of God is to listen to Him and pay attention. They need to learn to hear His voice and what He is saying. This begins with tuning out the noise around them and focusing on God.
As a believer, you need to know God’s voice in your life. God is speaking and wants to tell you things. He is a polite God and does not shout, but speaks with a still, calm and quiet voice.
Slow down your life and tune out the world, so you may hear and know His voice. Stay in His word so you may know how God speaks, then listen for Him. God wants to tell you what is on His mind for you. Be willing to hear what He has to say.
I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will listen for God to speak into your life; that you will not fear what God has to say; and that you will not be distracted from hearing God by the noise of this world.
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry hose, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:6
After the Israelites had stood and listened to the Book of the Law of Moses being read from beginning to end, they realized what they had done wrong. They realized how they had walked away from God’s commands and why they were sent into captivity. Now they began to confess their sins before God. The Levites were leading the people in this confession. The first thing they point out is that God is to be praised and that He alone is God. It is God who made everything that is and deserves all the worship.
The world does not recognize who God really is. They want to believe that there are many gods, or even no god at all. When there is one god, then there is accountability to his ways and rules. People do not like to be held accountable to anyone, even a god. Therefore, in the eyes of the world, sin does not really exist. One cannot sin against something that does not exist.
As a believer in Jesus, however, there is a God. With God existing, there also exists His commands. When those commands are broken, there has to be either a punishment or a confession.
Those who have decided to follow Jesus have learned to confess those sins. The first part of confession is recognizing who God really is. He is the One who created everything and is in absolute control of everything. Because of this, He is the One who can make all the rules.
As a believer you must know this in your heart and mind. Realize that God is the only god there is in all of creation. Do not allow yourself to believe the way of the world that there are other gods out there.
God is the only one who should receive praise and worship for being God. He is the only one who should be sought for forgiveness and obeyed.
Who is God to you?
Is He just a god among other gods?
Or is He the God of all?
I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will know who God is; that you will worship God alone; and that you will let the world know who God is.
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
How many times have you done some work that seems to go completely unnoticed by anyone? It happens to people all the time everywhere. A person works very hard at doing a service for other people, but when it is done there is no recognition given at all. People who clean an office building very rarely to never receive any recognition, yet everyone would know it almost immediately if the job of cleaning was not being done.
In the church there are many people who do various tasks that are vital, yet go unacknowledged. Some people take great offense to not be recognized. It is true that we should not be doing anything just for recognition, but we must know that God sees what you are doing. God does not live with blinders on His eyes, not seeing the work you are doing. God not only sees the work you do, but also sees the motivation behind the work you do. If your work is to glorify God and to help others, God will reward you someday.
Do not desire the rewards from the praise of other people for you work. That kind of reward is temporary. Desire the reward from God that is eternal–His acceptance and His word of you being faithful. When you feel depressed about no recognition or you see someone else getting recognized for work you are doing, look to God, the One who rewards best. Do everything you do to please God…not man. Know that your reward will come to you one hundred times over in heaven some day. That reward will be greater than anything anyone on this earth can give.
I pray that today God will strengthen you to continue to work to help others and to love others; that God will give you His Words of encouragement; that God will reveal His ways of rewarding you; that God will help you to do all that you do for Him and His glory and to build His people up in Him; and that God will give you a sense of fulfillment in doing His work in His time and in His way.