Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Suffering (Part 17)
And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women's quarters, to learn of Esther's welfare and what was happening to her...
While Mordecai sat within the king's gate, two of the king's eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai's name. And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.
Esther 2:11,21-23 (NKJV)
Have you felt the distress of disregard? Like no one seems to notice you're around? Like your talents have no place to grow? Like the good things you've done are overlooked? Like undeserving people get credit? Like you're one person against a system?
Mordecai, the cousin who raised Esther, might have suffered the pains of disregard. Because he seemed poor and unimportant. Because his gifts remained undercover. Because he saved the king but was not thanked. Because the king's top man was a mean thug. Because Jews lacked status in Persia.
Yet God never disregards His people, and His justice system never fails. He rewards good for good and bad for bad. The only question marks are when and how. Soon, Mordecai's attention to details got the king of Persia's attention, too. He received a royal commendation and is still regarded as a hero.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you're doing your best for the Lord, and no one seems to notice or care, remember Mordecai's finale. He became Persia's #2 man. He not only raised and advised Esther (with wisdom that helped make her a queen), but also guided countless others.
You are called to this same destiny, so don't let demons of disregard discourage you into apathy. Your role matters more than you now know.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.