The king had ordered that all should bow and reverence Haman. But Haman was by birth at enmity with God and with His people, so "Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence" (Esther 3:2). In taking a stand against Haman, Mordecai found himself standing alone. What a profitable example this is for Christians today! When we have to choose between honoring God or bowing to this world's evils, power, or influence, are we prepared to take a stand?
Much was against Mordecai. Not only was he violating the royal command; he was also standing firm when the unbelievers around him encouraged him to follow their example. One must know how to resist the solicitations and even the rebuffs of those who have nothing more than this world's interests at heart. "Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9).
The faith and steadfastness of Mordecai shows itself in yet another way. He did not hide the reason for his refusal: "He had told them that he was a Jew" (Esther 3:4). We Christians, heavenly people, a royal priesthood, children of God, belonging to Him who is the King of kings and Lord of lords—should we fear to confess before the world and the adversary who we are? Perhaps we shall have to suffer the railings of the world and their disdain, and we may be timid and hesitate to bear witness for the Lord of glory. Let us remember the apostle's exhortation: "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf." (1 Peter 4:16).—Adapted