Topic: Be One Of God’s Heroes [Friday February 16th, 2018]
Text: Esther 8:7-17 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad” (Esther 8:15).
A true hero is not one who triumphed by force or strength but one who rose from the ashes of defeat and has the ability to continue despite challenges, troubles and trials. Such a person becomes a guiding light and encouragement to the downcast.
Mordecai was such a man. As a captive, his rights were limited, his opportunities for growth and development were little and he was seemingly doomed to a mediocre, uneventful life. But he did not forget where he came from nor who his God was.
By divine intervention, the plot of Haman to exterminate all Jews was upturned. Haman was hanged on the gallows he made for Mordecai and the king transferred his office and position to Mordecai. With Haman dead, his ring of power and authority was passed to Mordecai. Since the laws of the Medes and Persians could not be reversed, the king authorized Mordecai to issue a new order to replace the first law. To effect this, Mordecai had to set the day the Jews were to take vengeance on their enemies, on the same date Haman had set for the extermination of the Jews. Now, wielding much power and clad in royal apparel and crown of gold, he brought joy, gladness and new converts to the Jews. He triumphed, having paid the price.
Many people desire honour and success in life but they are unwilling to pay the price. Those who will triumph must enter into relationship with God through repentance and cleansing by faith in Christ’s blood and be ready to serve Him and fellow men faithfully. They must be ready to bear hatred and persecution, sacrifice their convenience where necessary and show unwavering commitment and loyalty to Him. Grace, godliness, courage, commitment, faith and faithfulness in wholehearted service for God and humanity will make you a hero.
Thought For The Day: Cowards die many times before their time, but God’s heroes live long after death.
Bible Reading in a Year: Leviticus 11-13.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.