And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set. And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials...” Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.”
This statement from King Ahasuerus comes from a place of thankfulness for Mordecai, who honored the king by saving his life. Haman, on the other hand, wanted death for Mordecai, and for all the Jews, and did not rightfully honor the king’s authority by his request – wearing his robes, riding his horse, and having a crown set upon his head. Haman did not honor his king’s authority, and as a result, the king gave the bestowed honor to the very man Haman was asking permission to kill – an act that left Haman mourning, realizing his mistake.
How many times do you feel like honoring God with integrity in your own life was a harder path to take than another, easier path that would compromise your faith and relationship with God? When God puts trials in your life, you must have faith like Esther, who stood up for her people to King Ahasuerus and spoke boldly, while honoring the king’s authority (Ch. 5 vs. 1-8). When you step out in faith to honor God as your Authority, He shows up as your King, Lord over all your circumstances. He puts the robe and crown on you and exalts you over your enemies.
Heavenly Father, thank you for being the Lord over my life. Grow my faith so I can speak boldly against the mountains before me. Help me to honor Your authority in my life as I face the trials and temptations the enemy puts in front of me. I trust that in all situations, Your goodness will always be with me. Amen.
Andrew Deckert, Murrysville Campus