During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate...two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai…All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king” Esther 2:21-23.
Back in Mordecai’s time, anyone who sat at the king’s gate was most likely recognized as holding a high position in the kingdom. The gate was as close as one could get without having access to the king, unlike the king’s officials who had the authority to approach him. While going about his daily work he overheard these men plot an assassination against King Xerxes. He sent a message through Esther who told the king and gave her cousin the credit. After the investigation and confirmation of the plan, the men were hanged and the king wrote the details in his royal journal. He recorded the actions of Mordecai in his book, but failed to reward and acknowledge him with favor.
I cannot tell you the times I have been ‘sitting at the King’s gate informing Him of the sins of others.’ I have had times when I have taken the high road only to see the one who wounds get away with their actions. Being well aware that God sees all things and knows the hearts of all people, it is a tough pill to swallow when we feel we are being overlooked for favor. To make matters more difficult, we see those who plot and plan to go against our King get kudos and approval from society. We must take several principles from this passage. We must live our lives so close to God that we can recognize when someone threatens His message. We must communicate our circumstances with God so He may reveal His truth, not our perception. Our actions must not be motivated by gain, but by love. No matter the outcome, we must remain at the gate of our King and continue with our job of protecting His reputation and His message.
There will be a time when we sit before the Throne of God and His royal journals will be opened to our page. Every wrong on earth will be made right in Heaven. Every act of love and service to God’s children while we inhabited earth will be assigned a heavenly blessing. Both on earth and in Heaven we have a King who gives us the authority to approach Him. We do not have to sit on the other side of the gate hoping to catch a glimpse.
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