Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply.
Mordecai honored the king as seen through his reporting the assassination plot against the king (Esther 2:21-23). When it came to obeying the king by honoring Haman however, Mordecai wouldn’t do it. We’re not told why Mordecai wouldn’t kneel before Haman but we get the feeling that he knew the man’s character – that he wasn’t a man worthy of honor. The king didn’t see it because of Haman’s political deceitfulness, but Mordecai knew.
The calamity that came upon all the Jews stemmed from this non-action of Mordecai. Haman ‘scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai’ and looked for a way to annihilate every Jew throughout King Xerxes kingdom. Mordecai would bow in sackcloth and ashes over this, but it seems clear that Mordecai would never have changed his position toward Haman.
Mordecai is his own man. Confident and God-fearing. Righteous… and God delivered him and the Jewish people.
Being a man like this, a man of your own conscious, will get you into trouble. Being confident in Christ will not resonate with everyone and will cause hardships, but it’s the life we’re called to live. Doing the right thing whether the king likes it or not, but because it’s the right thing, takes courage. And when this courage gets me into trouble, like it did for Mordecai, I need to trust God to work it out.
Jesus said to not fear him who can only kill the body, but to fear the One who can kill the body and the soul. Living for God and bowing to Him only is the life I’m called to live.
Lord, You are the King. You are the One who humbles and exalts people, so I live for You! Give me more courage to stand against the social pressures of this world so to be found honoring You alone. You are the only one worth living for!