19 When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king’s gate. 20 Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.
21 In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king. ~Esther 2:19-23 NKJV
That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.~Esther 6 NKJV
We all do it, you know it! We all have those times where something just wakes us up out of the blue, early in the morning. Sometimes it is for no reason at all, but something just tugs at us the wrong way. We just want to sleep, but cannot do so. So, at some point in time, amidst the tossing and turning in your bed, we get up and out of bed. Sometimes we hear a voice in our heads or hearts, other times we have a drive to do something specific, sometimes generally.
In 1 Samuel 3, we find just such a thing with the Prophet Samuel as a boy. But Samuel was guided by Eli. Though it took a little bit, Eli caught on with what was happening and urged the young boy to answer the call of God. God acts differently amidst differing circumstances. He called the boy Samuel while trying to sleep. He also awoke King Xerxes (as mentioned above) in the midst of his sleep, awakened him and had guided him to read the Persian history, thus reminding him who it was that saved his life.
Sometimes when we wake in those unexpected ways we are called to simply pray to our God. We need that prayer time in order to discover what is truly tugging at our heart. I do believe God speaks to us; unfortunately we are so hardhearted and stubborn that we cannot recognize what is happening. It truly is a heart thing with us. Perhaps we are to just say as the Prophet Samuel stated, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” Sometimes THAT is all it takes!
As mentioned so many times before we need to be more compliant to God’s will in our lives, much like the Islamic faith. Meaning not that we must be radical Jihadists with terror being our main weapon, but that God MUST be the most important things in our lives! Remember what Jesus said,
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. ~Matthew 10 NKJV
We are not meant to follow the pack, or the gang; we are intended to follow God and His perfect way. We are intended to read, understand, and study the Word of God, the Bible. We are mandated to, in the words of Jesus:
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’…”~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” ~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
Now, how can we “…love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…”? First you must understand and know the biblical truths and you learn that through reading and studying; it is a life’s task, for certain. We must pray, honor and rejoice over the blessings we have received, and yes even the travesties. Because God has given us, both the righteous and the unrighteous, an even footing, “…for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…” And the Prophet Job reminded us:
“…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” ~Job 2:10 NKJV
So, to truly honor God, our Creator, we must learn and apply His Word in our lives (yes, DAILY!) and to rejoice in all things that come our way, both good and bad. Because each situation, both good and bad, is meant to better us in some way, fashion, or form. Just as battle tempers a man’s courage under fire so also do these situation help temper our minds, hearts and souls to good things and travesties.
As we become better Christians we will also find ourselves called outward into the world to share God’s Son, Jesus, and His Word with all others out in the world in which we live. This will come with time and ease, because you will find, or better yet you will better notice all the opportunities that allow you to share the Gospel with all others along your path(s) in this life.
Although, there is another aspect to this sharing the Gospel thing, as we grow we are also called to teach, lead and minister; part of the “…royal priesthood…”
“…For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” ~Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV
We are all called to be ministers of God’s Word for all the world to hear his promises, but we also have to do our part by reading…it all starts there which is the beginning of faith!
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17 NKJV
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Church and told them:
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.~Philippians 1:27-28 NKJV
Our faith is built up by the word, our faith is based upon the word, but not just on the word, but also on sound logic and reason as well as research. We make a claim based upon historical facts. And those facts won’t become known to you until you read and study the word and then see what the world of the various sciences has to say as well. We, as Christians, claim truth is our basis, but truth is based upon history, the sciences, philosophy, as well as other various areas of study.
So, read well, my friends! Research well, my friends! And reason well, my friends!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD