October 23, 2018

Proverbs 21:1…The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water, he turneth it withersoever he will.

The above scripture confirms the sovereignty of God over His creations. We are just tools in His hand. A case in point is the story of Mordecai in the book of Esther. The king whose name was Ahasuerus was the reigning king from India unto Ethiopia, and his kingdom extended over 127 provinces. He was indeed a powerful king. His palace was situated in Shushan city and Mordecai who worked in the kings gate, was a Jew who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity that brought many Jews to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. He brought up Esther who was his uncle’s daughter and because both parents were dead, he raised her up as a daughter. The king made a feast in the third year of his reign, and many officials of all the provinces were present and when the king summoned the queen to come and display her beauty among these officials, she refused to come. This was contempt of their law and later on a replacement was sought for with an advertisement all over the provinces and Mordecai encouraged Esther to apply and with grace of God upon her, she was the one chosen to take the place of the deposed queen.But Esther was charged not to disclose her identity (being Jew), while Mordecai sat at the king’s gate daily. There was a plot among the king’s chamberlains to lay hand on the king and Mordecai got to know about it and he informed Esther who in turn told the king and it was investigated and was found to be true, and the two of them (Bigthan and Teresh) were both hanged on the tree. and the matter was written in the book of the chronicles before the king. There was nothing done for Mordecai to show appreciation to him for saving the king.

Then there came one night the king of the universe was ready to reward and promote Mordecai, the LORD took away the king’s sleep. Esther 6:1-3 reads, “On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles , and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana  and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus . And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.”  This was the beginning of favor, grace and blessings that was prepared for Mordecai for him to be lifted up in a foreign land. God remembered Mordecai and took away sleep from the eyes of the person that had been ordained to lift him up. The heart of the king is indeed in the hand of the LORD, and He was the ONE who made him to be restless in the night and He was the ONE that directed him to the book of the chronicles to start reading it. There was no coincidence in the matter that God had already planned to execute.at His own appointed time. In the timetable of God, things work together to bring all the glory to Him. While God made the king to be restless that night, at the same time the enemy of Jews who had plotted the elimination of all the Jews but wanted to get permission from the king to hang Mordecai because Mordecai did not bow to him in reverence to his position, walked in at that particular time.

Esther 6:4 continues the story, ” And the king said “Who is in the court?”.Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him”. The servant told him it was Haman and the king asked him to come in and this question was thrown at him “what should be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor?” Thinking he was the one to be honored, he gave a run down of beautiful things the king should do such as dressing him with the king’s royal apparel, his crown on his head, and put him on his horse, and parade him through the streets, and proclaim .before him “Thus shall be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honor.”. Then the king told him to make haste and do everything he has said to Mordecai, the Jew that sitteth at the king’s gate “and let nothing fail of all that you have spoken” What a way to destroy the counsel of the enemy. Psalm 33:10-11, says “The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought, he maketh the devises of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations..  .

The hearts of the king, and the nobles, and everyone that He created are in His Hand. The lesson we can learn from this story is that God sees everything going on in the world, and He rewards every one according to his works whether good or bad. God punishes the wicked ones and lifts up the righteous ones. He uses people to accomplish his purpose. Whatsoever you sow you will reap. God does not forget anyone, In his time he makes all things beautiful. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy path. Let us continue to do God’s will because when we are on God’s side, He will fight our battle for us while we hold our peace. It is well with you all.

Prayer.. Lord give me the grace to lean on you completely and abide by your rules and regulations. Keep me focused on you forever..

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