Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 21, 2016

Places Of Honor

oct-21“But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.”  Esther 5:13  (NIV)

Elevated to the seat of honor – higher than all the other nobles in the kingdom – second only to the King.  You would have thought that would have been enough for Haman, but the unbending knee of a simple Jewish man caught his evil eye.  Zeroing in on one, Haman desperately plotted to destroy many. Enraged with anger, he used his influence to distort the truth and convince the king that the Jews should be destroyed.  Permission granted – Haman could do with the people as he pleased, but God’s protective hand prevailed.  What Haman devised, schemed and set in place was turned around by one courageous woman, Esther, who boldly approached the throne to save her people.

Success, prestige, elevation – we face them every day.  Promotions come.  Leadership opportunities land at our feet.  Decisions that affect one, a few or many are ours for the making.  How do we handle our places of honor?  Do we humbly and graciously seek God?  Do we choose to honor Him rather than boast in our seat of honor?  Do we allow our influence to distort the truth and convince others to support our desired actions?

It has often been said that the character of a person is put to the test when success and honor decorate their life.  Entitlement carries no weight in the presence of God.  He is the One who lifts up and takes down.  God is the ultimate authority regardless of our schemes, plans and selfish pursuits.  How will we handle our next promotion, our next opportunity to lead – hopefully bowed down on bended knee desperately dependent upon the One who lifted us up.

“Sweet Jesus, it is so easy to get caught up and self absorbed in who we are – help us to realize that we are nothing apart from You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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