READ: Esther 2:19-23
Have you ever found yourself in a sticky situation?
With information that could change attitudes? Alter lives?
Mordecai, in this sub-story within the greater story of Esther, certainly found himself in one.
Mordecai insisted Esther not yet reveal her true identity. Esther chose to trust Mordecai. Esther’s trust in Mordecai points to her virtue and humility. Mordecai’s leadership proved he was an honest and noble man.
Right Place. Right Time.
As Mordecai was sitting at the gates, at the right place at the right time, he overheard the guards hatching a plan to kill the King. While the guards should have been watching over a new flock of females, who were undergoing the same beauty rituals Esther had experienced, they were planning the unthinkable, to end King Xerxes life.
When you find yourself between a rock and hard place, like Mordecai did, there is one difficult option that will always bear fruit, even when it doesn’t seem like it.
The option to tell the truth.
In our relationships, careers, families, and friendships, telling the truth sets our souls free and makes room for the light to shine in dark situations.
While Mordecai was given credit for his allegiance to the King by outing the guards, our accolades may look different. Telling the truth sets our heart right, fine tunes our ear to the whisper of the Lord, and invites honesty and righteousness to take root in our lives and the lives around us.
Even without public knowledge of their family ties God elevated both Mordecai and Esther to a place of influence. It was common in the Ancient East for families to rise in power together. With Mordecai and Esther’s true identity hidden it is even more remarkable how God promoted each of them to a place of power and influence.
Our situation and season may appear seemingly ordinary but in reality, we are poised for greatness, to tell the truth, and express our allegiance to the King of Kings.
Father God, lead each and every one of our steps. Would you go before us and lead us with both your whispers and shouts. Would the soul of our character be strengthened as we are given opportunities to share the truth in love in our marriages, friendships, parenting, and our workplaces. Would you be lifted up, our King, as we walk out the destiny you have planned for us. Amen.
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