My Daily Covenant with God Devotional
Devotion for Saturday January 12 2019
Topic: Our Deeds Are Never Forgotten
Text: Esther 6:1 – 11
I have once shared a story how a man came to show gratitude for what my dad did for him when he was in Primary School. This was after over 45 years. That singular effect has strengthened my belief that labours of love are never wasted. The recipient may not be the one to payback but certainly God will use someone to pay us back. Therefore, we should not give up in our labours of love. When we receive one form of kindness or another, we don’t forget easily. We may not go to show gratitude as this man did for my dad, but we will always remember and will continue to ask for God’s blessings upon them.
Mordecai revealed the planned assassination being muted against the king by some disgruntle people in his service – Bigthana and Teresh, and that was how the king’s life was saved. There was no immediate recognition and honour bestowed on Mordecai and he didn’t reveal the secret because he actually wanted honour. If that was his reason, he would have resigned when he was not recognised. He did it on humanitarian basis. However, at the right time when the honour will be useful, God remembered him.
The king could not sleep and he requested for “the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king” –Esther 6:1. Such a request is a rare thing to make when someone cannot sleep. He would have requested of a soothing music – a serenade but it was not so. Eventually, Mordecai was honoured and in a big way. His enemy at that time was mandated to carry out the honour on him. Your enemies will honour you this season in Jesus name.
The ground of our acts of charity should not be for recognition. We should do things to please God. As a civil/public servant or whatever profession you are into, let your actions be guided by desire to serve and please God. Let it not be based on gratification. At the right time, the best gratification will come from God and no man can stand against it.
Food for Thought: “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” -Cicero
Memory verse: Esther 6:2
Prayer: Almighty God, help me to serve you and humanity willingly and may my gratification come from you in Jesus name.