Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my Strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God; my keen and firm Strength in whom I will trust and take refuge, my shield; and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is to be praised.”
Psalm 18: 1-3
The Arsenals of Strength
“Unseen by human eyes
Are the arsenals of strength;
Whether it be a trees root,
Its strong and reaching length,
Or in a flower’s growth
Springing up from the sod
These are the arsenals
Equipped by the hand of God.
Unseen by earthly eyes
Are the forces in man’s heart,
Where courage dwells, and faith’s
Hidden bright springs start,
Where hope lies rooted deep
Waiting the seed’s quick swell
This is man’s inner strength,
This is God’s arsenal.”
Grace Noll Crowell
Today’s Study Text:
“In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the King Ahasuerus. And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name. And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree; and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.”
Esther 2: 21-23
“Nurturing The Embers of Hope”
“Do Minor Moments Matter?” Part 17
“A day is coming upon us all when the value of everything will be altered.”
How do I define the “minor moments” in my own life?
In what ways do I try to discern those events each day which appear to be insignificant yet in the end may be of great consequence?
“‘To me to live is – business’; ‘ to me to live is pleasure,’ ‘to me to live is – myself.’ We can all tell in a moment what our religion is really worth. ‘To me to live is’ – what? What are we living for? What rises naturally in our heart when we press it with a test like this: ‘to me to live is’ – what?”
To Me To Live Is Christ
“You must know that every (individual) cannot be excellent, yet (we) may be useful. An iron key may unlock the door of a golden treasure; yea, iron can do things gold cannot do!”
It doesn’t appear to be a significant event which happens to focus our attention on two disgruntled employees of King Ahasuerus. The Bible tells us that Bigthan and Teresh were “wroth” or as the Hebrew translation notes, these two chamberlain’s were provoked until they broke out in rage or they “cracked-off.” If this definition rings any bells, it should for the same Hebrew word describing the anger which filled the two chamberlains was what was used to define the rage exhibited by the king when his queen, Vashti refused to come and display her beauty in front of Ahasuerus’ drunken princes.
Who knows what made these two men so mad. Maybe it was some snub by the king. Or quite possibly they were passed over for a promotion they felt they deserved. Whatever the reason, they became infuriated to the point that they decided they wanted to “lay hands” on the king. In other words, they wanted the king dead! Maybe, for all we know, they had arranged a plot to get rid of the king. What we do know is that whatever their plan, the “man” who was the king’s gatekeeper got wind of the scheme.
We are informed that this “door or gate – this portal of the city” was protected and watched by an individual whose discerning wisdom was on display on a daily basis. In my opinion, God had placed Mordecai in the right place at the right time.
We read in Esther 2: 22 that while Mordecai was sitting at the gate, the plan that two angry chamberlains had, to take the king’s life, was leaked to Mordecai. We might think that the job of sitting at the portal or entrance to the king’s palace wasn’t that big a deal. But this position was one of the jobs in Scripture that actually, while appearing to be rather unimportant ended up being significant.
As I was reading about Mordecai at the gate, my thoughts turned to another “gate-sitter,” whose story is recorded in Genesis 19. Here’s what we are told: “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them” (Genesis 19: 1, K.J.V.).
While Lot’s experience wasn’t just like Mordecai’s, there are several similarities regarding these two individuals:
First: Both men were among God’s special children.
Second: Both men were living in cities that were wickedly godless.
Third: Both men knew the coming and going of people in the city and in the palace so they were individuals who could recognize strangers who may have entered the premises unaware.
Fourth: Both men were trusted by those who knew them so when they stepped forward with a concern or warning, people took note of what they said.
As we consider what at first glance may appear to be a rather mundane job, sitting at the gate of the city, let’s not forget that when God calls us to be on alert for Him, there’s no such thing as a “minor moment” when God places you at the gate or at the door. There’s nothing insignificant when" God calls you to be on guard for Him. In fact, in one of the beautiful Psalms sung by the sons of Korah, we are reminded that any service for God is better than a life of ease. “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell at ease in the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84: 10, Amplified Bible).
And so, on a particular day, at just the right moment, it was revealed to Mordecai that the king’s life was endangered. What’s more, in Esther 2: 22, we find that Queen Esther, “certified” the message or as the Hebrew tells us, she went to the king and “vouched for” the message and it was credited to “Mordecai’s name.” Furthermore, Esther 2: 23 supports the fact that when “inquisition” or in the Hebrew, when “baqash” which means “search out” was undertaken, the record reported that the two men were not only found guilty but they were hanged according to the book of chronicles or the records of the king.
Again, we could easily come to the conclusion that with so many records contained about the king, that a notation in these chronicles wasn’t that big a deal. It was only a small footnote at a specific moment in time. But to think this way would be wrong! Because as the story of Esther teaches every one of us, in God’s world there are no “minor moments” in your life or mine. What to us seems unimportant has a completely different hue when positioned in the light of God’s providential leading.
My life and Jim’s life are daily reminders to everyone here in Transformation Garden that God can take one moment in time for His rulership over our lives to be used in ways we could never imagine. So I encourage you today, as you look over your life each day, never forget that there’s not even one insignificant moment in your life. In the words of Joachim Lange:
“I will trust again His love, His power,
Though I cannot feel His hand today;
To His help anew I will betake me,
Though His countenance seems turned away;
Though without one smile, lone gracious token,
Through the flames and flood my path must go,
When the fires subside, the waves pass over,
My Deliverer I again shall know.”
God With Me
“God with me lying down,
God with me rising up,
God with me in each ray of light,
Nor I a ray of joy without Him,
Nor one ray without Him.
Christ with me sleeping,
Christ with me waking,
Christ with me watching,
Every day and night,
Each day and night.
God with me protecting,
The Lord with me directing,
The spirit with me strengthening,
For ever and for evermore,
Ever and evermore, Amen.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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