Dreams on delay

The king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?”  Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” [Esther 6:3] 

Just the mention of the book of Esther, our minds immediately go to the one we dub as our heroine of the book –Esther.  We all want to be like Esther-slave girl becomes Queen. And of course, the highlight of the story is when Esther was instrumental in saving her own nation from being wiped out by her pagan husband, King Ahasuerus.

But, I want to draw your attention to the story of another member of Esther’s family whom I have personally identified with during different seasons of my life.  His name is Mordecai, Esther’s adopted father. See if you can relate to his story. 

It happened like this.

One day as Mordecai was on duty outside King Ahasuerus’ gate, two of the king’s guards, became angry at the king and plotted to assassinate him. Mordecai heard about it and passed on the information to Queen Esther who told the king, crediting Mordecai with the information. An investigation was made, the two men found guilty, and impaled alive.  This was all recorded in The Book of Chronicles, the history book of King Ahasuerus’ reign.

Five years passed and it would appear as though the king had forgotten all about Mordecai saving his life.  But, one night, the king could not sleep and asked for The Book of Chronicles to be brought to him, and he read the account that had been recorded of how Mordecai had saved his life.  The king decided it was now time to reward him for this.

I don’t know about you, but if I had been Mordecai, I would have thought:  “Well, the king certainly didn’t think much of me for saving his life.  It’s been five years, and he has never given me one ounce of recognition.  What good did it do me to do the right thing! Sure, it spared the king’s life, but what about me?”

As Beth Moore puts it,“there are times I wonder if I am even on the radar screen of heaven.”

When all my emotions and pity party have cooled down, I am reminded of one important feature that is a part of that radar screen and that is “GOD’S TIMING.”

As the saying goes, “God is never late, but He misses a few good opportunities to be early.”  I have seen times in my life where I thought the favor of God had passed me by, only to have Him “show up” and “show off” in one of His greatest acts ever.  It’s those times that I am reminded once again that God never forgets his children because well, because we are always walking in His favor.  He works behind the scenes putting it all together, and then shows up.

Back to Mordecai, did you notice that God woke the king up in the middle of the night while he was sleeping?  Did you notice that the king was a pagan king?

You gotta hand it to God.  He knows how to have a grandeur performance that glories His name, and at the same time gives us favor. What a class act He performs!

What about you?  Do you ever feel that your vision, what you feel you were created to be has not been fulfilled?  Be encouraged today that, along with Mordecai, Esther, Noah, Moses, David, Mary, and countless others in the Bible - -


Personal reflection:Goal setting and sharing

1.     Does Mordecai story relate to your own life?  If so, how?

2.     List ways you might better deal with delay in order to live out your purpose? 

3.     If you could go back, what would you have done differently during the delay season? 


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