Have you ever been through an experience where you helped someone, but you were never acknowledged for it? Have you ever served with all of your strength, but you were never rewarded for your service? Sometimes people are so ungrateful that they don’t even say thank you.
This is exactly what happened with Mordecai, Queen Esther’s cousin.
One day, he discovered a plot to take the life of king Ahasuerus. Immediately, he told the queen, so she could tell her husband. For this reason, the monarch escaped death, and the conspirators were taken to the gallows. Mordecai did not do this with the intentions of being honored, but because he was righteous and God-fearing.
Ahasuerus had the most power and authority in Persia, so he was able to recognize the good he received. However, he did not do it! He simply recorded the gesture in the royal book of the chronicles. If Mordecai’s good deed went unnoticed at the time, eventually, it was completely forgotten.
However, one night, when Ahasuerus could not fall sleep, he ordered his servants to read to him from the book of records. He found what was written about how Mordecai saved the king’s life (Esther 6.1-2).
Man has poor memory and an ungrateful heart, but the Most High is the complete opposite. Therefore, He caused the monarch to lose his sleep so His servant Mordecai could be honored. Read:
Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” Esther 6.3
Just when the king decided to reward Mordecai, Haman, his prime minister and an archenemy of the Jewish people, walked in. Haman had just finished preparing the gallows to execute Mordecai because of the hatred he had for him. When the king asked Haman how someone should honor a man that pleased him, he thought the king was speaking about honoring him for his services to the kingdom.
Haman had such a hunger for glory that he was trapped by his own lust.
So he suggested an honor worthy of a king, which would leave everyone in awe. He said the man be dressed in the king’s royal robes, mounted on one of the king’s horses and wear the king’s crown. Then he should be paraded on horseback through the city square, and a nobleman should proclaim before him:
‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’ Esther 6.8-9
Haman was already holding out his chest proudly, imagining the scenario, when he heard the most disappointing words. The king asked him to hurry, and do just that with Mordecai.
Mordecai was paraded through the streets with all the splendor, led by Haman, who was pulling the horse by its harness and shouting: “So shall it be done to the man whom the king wishes to honor!”
This is very strong! Everyone must have been in awe with what they were witnessing. This honor did not come because the king was good, but because God so desired. He prepared that special moment for the servant that pleased Him.
We have learned that those who seek their own honor will be dishonored. But, those who serve believing their reward comes from the Lord Jesus, will surely be remembered by Him. And when the Almighty wants to honor His servant, nothing and nobody can stop Him.
This serves as a warning to those who humiliate and mock the people of God. Tomorrow, in addition to “pulling their horse”, they will have to admit that the Lord that person serves, is the greatest and most feared in all the earth.
We have seen this honor in the work of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God throughout the world. The more it is wronged, persecuted and humiliated, the more it has been honored by the Holy Spirit. The fruits are there to prove it! Only those who don’t wish to see them, don’t see them.