Mordecai the Jew became the prime minister, with authority next to that of King Xerxes himself. He was very great among the Jews, who held him in high esteem, because he continued to work for the good of his people and to speak up for the welfare of all their descendants.
So Mordecai became the second most powerful man in all the land. Reminds you of Joseph in Egypt doesn’t it? When we recap, we see that Mordecai, maintained his faith, called out to God, humbled himself before God and men, trusted God, acted upon what God showed him and got other to do the same thing. Then God honored him, trusted him and raised him up. But even in the a position of great authority, he continued to work for the welfare of all the people and the next generation.
Too often we see people who want all the blessings of God but their character is not able to handle the weight of the blessing. And in many cases the very blessing we pray for, might be the thing that destroys us unless God prepares us to handle it. Mordecai went through a lot so that God could trust him with something greater. (Read Luke 16:10) All too often we are concerned with whether we can trust God, but the greater question is “can God trust us”? Are we people who are willing to have the faith to be obedient in everything God is asking of us…. Or do we pick and choose which of the things of God we want to do? If we want to see the greater workings and blessings of God in our lives, they will be born out of faithful obedience through various trials. So do we view our trials as afflictions OR as God’s process of preparation for something greater?
Father God, I want to be used by you for greater things than I can think or imagine. But I know that is going to take a new level of faith and obedience in my life. Give me the strength and the heart to follow you and obey you today… no matter what.
Pastor Gavin Hassell, Murrysville Campus