Sunday Scriptures — Delayed Does Not Mean Denied

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

The story in the Bible of Queen Esther’s bravery encourages me, but today I’d like to look at a different aspect of the story dealing with her cousin, Mordecai; delayed does not mean denied.

Mordecai overheard a plot to assassinate King Xerxes and notified Esther. She reported the plot to her husband, the king, and gave Mordecai credit for the news. The plot was foiled, the king’s life saved, the assassins hung, and that was the end of it. Although Mordecai’s deed was written in the king’s book of history, no honor or credit was given to Mordecai for his allegiance to King Xerxes.

Fast forward. Haman the Agagite despised Mordecai the Jew because Mordecai would not bow to Haman. Because of that, Haman conspired to wipe the entire Jewish population out, securing the king’s decree to do so, and built a seventy-five foot gallows to hang Mordecai on.

Unable to sleep Xerxes asked for the book of history of his reign to be read to him. When the account of Mordecai saving Xerxes’ life was read, the king asked what honor Mordecai received. None.

If you’re unfamiliar with the rest of the story, the Book of Esther is a short book. Well worth the read. You can find how Mordecai was rewarded in chapter six.

Back to delayed does not mean denied … Mordecai’s reward was delayed according to God’s perfect timing. His reward could not have come at a better time, nor be delivered in a better way.

We may feel as if God’s delay is denying our dream. And it might be. Only God knows that for sure. But it could be like with Mordecai, God is delaying for a more perfect, much better reward.

Are you waiting for a delayed dream? Keep waiting on God’s perfect timing.

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That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him.  In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king’s private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xerxes.

“What reward or recognition did we ever give Mordecai for this?” the king asked.

His attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.” Esther 6:1-3 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — God Will Fulfill His Plans

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Waiting is tough. Don’t I know it. Who likes to wait for something you’ve been promised? Certainly not me. Perhaps not you. It was fourteen years between the day the Prophet Samuel anointed the shepherd David as Israel’s next king, and the day David actually took the throne. During that time David waited. He waited in caves and wilderness while King Saul pursued him with the intent to eliminate the threat David posed to Saul’s throne.

I’ve often pondered how David felt during this time. Did he wonder if Samuel got it wrong when he anointed David? Did he wonder if God had changed his mind? Did he wonder if he’d done something that caused the promise to be rescinded?

David penned numerous psalms during his time running from Saul. Many of those psalms are filled with questions, fears, petition and repentance. They are also full of faith and hope in the God who saves.

He could have taken Saul’s life on two separate occasions, but he didn’t. David didn’t rush God’s agenda. He waited on God’s perfect timing. He had confidence the LORD would work out his plans for David’s life.

Have there been times when you were absolutely positive God called you to something, yet the way was delayed? There were blockades at every turn? Or you were told you didn’t have what it takes?

I’m learning if God has truly called us to do something for him, he’ll make it happen. In his timing. Not necessarily in ours. Like with David, God might be delaying what he has promised us to better prepare us to do the job. God might be giving us life-experiences now that will make the job easier once we do begin it.

Like I said, waiting is tough. But I’m learning God’s timing is perfect.

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Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will bring me safely through them. You will clench your fist against my angry enemies! Your power will save me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your loving-kindness, Lord, continues forever. Don’t abandon me—for you made me. Psalm 138:7-8

I wish you well.

Sandy

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