READ: Esther 3: 1-15, ESV
History is filled with accounts of people with strong convictions and those who faltered along the way. We live in a present day age that constantly has us confirming or denying what we stand for.
It only takes a second of scrolling through a social media feed to visibly watch those around us bend in one direction or another and even find ourselves wavering back and forth with them.
Do you conform to the norm or do you stand in allegiance knowing that the outcome may not be in your favor or in the favor of those around you? Can you remain steadfast in your convictions seeking wisdom over the desire to be heard?
Mordecai knew all about this dilemma and chose to go against the grain by not kneeling down in reverence to the king. Not only did he refuse to bend but he held his tongue.
Mordecai knew that his refusal to conform could come at a price… and it did!
Let’s put ourselves there for a minute…
Imagine enjoying a beautiful day at home when you hear a knock on your front door. You see the UPS man drive away in his big brown truck and discover a sealed envelope marked “IMPORTANT” sitting on your doormat. You tear back the seal and pull out a single piece of paper. At the top of the paper in large print, “Lethal Edict.” You keep reading. As you scan through this document you discover that a law has been passed where everyone in your town who is a Christian will be executed in one month both children and adults. “This cannot be true?” you say to yourself but then you discover the seal of the governor marked clearly on the corner. This isn’t a hoax or crazy junk mail. This IS real and this IS happening.
The Jews living under King Xerxes experienced a moment just like this.
Imagine the incredible state a panic that this piece of paper created.
Imagine the fear that swept over the Jews like a tidal wave.
Imagine knowing that one of your fellow believers was the reason you received this death sentence.
Division and fear…. some of the enemy’s greatest tools against us.
It cripples us. It steals our joy. It binds us in the “what if’s.” It holds us captive to the potential for hurt, devastation, and loss. It keeps us shaking our fists in frustration.
God had elevated Mordecai to a position of influence and was building a bigger story from the current trap he and the Jews found themselves in. He was preparing a way. He was using Mordecai’s allegiance to THE one to save his people from evil.When we stand in allegiance to a never changing God we cannot bend to an ever changing world. Click To Tweet
God’s injected boldness within us can cast out the fear that hangs over us. It is then that we can become women warriors who fight against conformity and allow His bigger story to be heard.
Father God, we know that you are bigger than our fears. We know that you are bigger than our current struggle. God allow us to sink into the truth that you are writing a bigger story. Inject us with your boldness and your truth so that we live love and grace as we walk daily in your footsteps. We bend to an audience of One. Give us the courage to navigate this scary world knowing that you are in control of our ultimate freedom. Amen.
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