“And when they spoke to him day after day and he would not listen to them, they told Haman, in order to see whether Mordecai’s words would stand, for he had told them that he was a Jew” (Esther 3.4).
The king made Haman the head over all his kingly officials. Every official, including Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, was commanded to bow down before Haman and pay homage to him. However, Mordecai would not do this. The other officials did not like the fact that Mordecai would not bow, and they pressured him day in and day out to pay homage. But Mordecai explained that he was a Jew, and the Jewish people only bow down to God. The Bible says that Mordecai would not heed the officials’ words, so they tested Mordecai to see if he was all talk and no follow through. It’s easy for Christians, especially in America, to say that we only serve the One True God, but the world will test our words. The world wants to see if we will stick to our guns and stay faithful to God even when we will lose something we desire – popularity, promotion, influence, friends, gifts or even our lives. It’s beautiful to have a desire to serve God, but our desires need to be quickly followed by our obedience, steadfastness and resolve. We can’t buckle under pressure just because someone says they don’t like our beliefs or they think we are fools. Just like Mordecai, we can stay faithful to God even when the circumstances are threatening, because God is faithful to redeem our unwavering reliance on Him in powerful and amazing ways.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41.10 ESV).