And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage.Esther 3:2
. . . when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai.Esther 5:9
So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.Esther 8:15
As I pondered this passage I was taken with Mordecai’s dedication to God and God’s solution for a serious problem. He was not bent on a course of civil disobedience, he just was not going to deny the God of heaven by bowing down to a man. As the events unfolded, Haman received all that he had wanted for Mordecai and his people. Mordecai was honored and a way was made to preserve the Jews in all of the King’s provinces.
This was a reminder to me that God will fight my battles if I will surrender them to Him. I think now that the whole of a Christian’s life is surrender. There can never be a time that I do not surrender to Christ. No matter the circumstances, God is on the throne and it is He who preserves my life.
Father I remember an old hymn from my childhood, “Trust and Obey.” Help me to do both well. As I obey all that you have for me, help me to always trust that you will not forget me. You never have and according to all the promises of your Word, you never will. Mordecai trusted You as a way of life and you preserved Him and the Jewish race. Help me to trust and obey always.