Opportunities and God’s plans

By Belina Sithole

Esther 6:2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

3“What honour and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.

“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.

In chapter 6 we see how Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, had previously exposed the guards who were plotting against the King, and it just so happened that the night the King was struggling to sleep this is the story that gets read to him…coincidence? I do not think so, I think God was at work here.

God knew that Haman, the King’s right hand, was planning to kill Mordecai and God used this opportunity to bring Mordecai’s loyalty to the King’s knowledge. When Mordecai saved the King, he did not do this to be rewarded or find favour with the King.

When we do something nice for someone, we usually expect to receive something in return or at least some sort of acknowledgement, from Mordecai’s situation, we learn that its best to act out of our own kindness and leave the reward to God as he will work it out in his time. Ecclesiastes 3 teaches us that there is a time for everything.

As we go with the chapter, Haman is under the impression that he is the one that the King wants to honour when he asked, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honour?” As anyone would, he lists all the things that he would like to receive only to find out that the honour was for Mordecai!

Esther 6:11 So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honour!”

This was humiliating for Haman, the man he is planning to kill is the same man he is parading around the city! God timing is always perfect, had Mordecai demanded to be rewarded for his actions earlier on this would not have worked out the same way it did.

Let us put our trust in God and wait on him because he got it!

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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