Bible Reading: Esther 9:1-19
Key Verse: Verse 4 - “For Mordecai was great in the king's house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater."
Key Words: Mordecai waxed greater and greater
I am convinced that one cannot and will not grow greater and greater in their faith and usefulness to God without going through great adversity. All one has to do is read about the great heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11 to see just how true this is.
A distinguished botanist, being exiled from his native land, obtained employment as an under-gardener in the service of a nobleman. While he was in this situation, his master received a valuable plant, the nature and habits of which were unknown to him. It was given to the gardener to be taken care of, and he, fancying it to be a tropical plant, put it into the hothouse (for it was winter), and dealt with it as with the others under the glass. But it began to decay. When the strange under-gardener asked permission to examine it, as soon as he looked at it, he said: “This is an Arctic plant; you are killing it by the tropical heat into which you have introduced it.” So, he took it outside, and exposed it to the frost, and, to the dismay of the upper-gardener, heaped pieces of ice around the flowerpot; but the result vindicated his wisdom, for straightway it began to recover, and was soon as strong as ever. Now, such a plant is the Christian’s spiritual life in this world. It is not earthly difficulty that is dangerous to it, but ease. Put it into a hothouse; separate it from the wintry blasts of worldly hostility; surround it with luxury; hedge it in from every opposition, and you take the surest means of killing it.
Mordecai waxed greater and greater because he not only faced adversity, he stood strong through it.
What to do:
✞ Stand strong through the trials you face in life.
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