Revelation 13; Esther 3-4; Psalm 106:1-23
Sometimes the best examples of faith come from those who live each day with the quiet assurance that God is in control and base their lives on that idea. Mordecai was like that. As a Jew, he would worship no man – even one the king favored. All the rest of the king’s servants bowed and scraped before Haman whom the king had promoted. They warned Mordecai that he should bow. Mordecai refused. Haman got angry and when he learned that Mordecai was Jewish, sought to destroy all Jews. He convinced King Ahasuerus to allow him to write a decree ordering the destruction and soon Jews throughout the kingdom were in mourning. Esther was insulated from the decree and the outcry and when her cousin sat in sackcloth, she eventually found out the truth through her servants. Mordecai urged her to use her position to save all the Jews. She pointed out that it might mean death for her to approach the king. “And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: ‘Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’” (Esther 4:13-14) Such strong, but quiet faith! While the word for God is not used here, Mordecai understands that God is watching over them. For Mordecai it’s not a question of if God will deliver them; it’s a question of how God will deliver them. He urges Esther to recognize that God has placed her in this position, queen of Babylon, for the purpose of saving the Jewish people. And Esther responded appropriately – she asked for prayer and fasting. Most of us aren’t placed in positions of royalty, but God places us in areas where we can make a difference by being faithful to God and trusting Him. You may be in place in a large corporation where you can make a positive difference in corporate policies. You may be in a position where you can encourage children as they learn and grow. You may be in a position where you can help the poor and the outcast. Too many people complain about where they are in life rather than look for the ways that God can use them to make a difference. Today, seek God’s guidance and understand why you are in the position you are in. Then, glorify God from there.
Lord, You have placed me where I am in life so that I can make a difference in the life of children who need to see Your love in action. Give me grace and patience to show them Your love every day. Remind me that everything I do and say with these children reveals my relationship to You. Let my words and actions honor to You.