In the world but not of it

April 16, 2010

The people were honored…

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When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.  Proverbs 29:2

I love the story of Esther. There is perhaps no other story in all the Bible as encouraging and uplifting for those that are going through times of discouragement and doubt in regards to where the Lord has them presently and why they are persevering or even suffering through unjust circumstances.

As the story of Esther closes we see a key verse that refers back to this passage in Proverbs.

Then Mordecai left the king’s presence, wearing the royal robe of blue and white, the great crown of gold, and an outer cloak of fine linen and purple. And the people of Susa celebrated the new decree. The Jews were filled with joy and gladness and were honored everywhere. Esther 8:15-16

Through a series of divine circumstances the Lord prevailed and both Esther and her people were saved but equally as important is how Mordecai, a man who stood for the truth and did not bow to the ways of the world, was exalted to a leadership position where his care and nurturing for the people allowed him to lead with their support and trust.

How we need such leaders today. We see so many men in leadership positions that defy God’s principles and care only for their profit and not for the provision of the very ones that work to make them rich.

Consider this; people will actually accept less money in exchange for a leader they can trust and one who shows how much they care about them and not just the company’s gain.

People strive for position and power but really what they crave most, and often cannot articulate, is simply appreciation, acknowledgement, and acceptance. For those that have godly leaders then they know firsthand the blessing that comes from that relationship…


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