Chapter-a-Day Esther 3

Eric Liddell Except Mordecai. Mordecai wouldn't do it, wouldn't bow down and kneel. Esther 3:2 (MSG)

The Academly Award winning film, "Chariots of Fire," tells the story of the great Scottish sprinter, Eric Liddell. Liddell represented Great Britain in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. A devout Christian, Liddell was scheduled to run his best event, the 100 meters, on Sunday. He refused to do so, despite the fierce insistence of British officials. Resolute in his refusal to run on the sabbath, he was given the opportunity to run the 400 meters instead, though it was not his best event. No one expected him to run well.

Shortly before the race, a massuer slipped a piece of paper into Liddell's hand. On it was written I Samuel 2:30, "Those who honor me, I will honor." Liddell carried that piece of paper in his hand through the race. He not only won the gold medal, but he also set a new world record in the 400 meters.

It's amazing how God honors those willing to take a stand. Mordecai's courage and refusal to bow begs the question of me. To what will I refuse to bow? Am I willing to take a stand for God?

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Esther 3”

  1. “There is an odd set of people scattered through the provinces of your kingdom who don’t fit in. Their customs and ways are different from those of everybody else. Worse, they disregard the king’s laws. They’re an affront; the king shouldn’t put up with them. If it please the king, let orders be given that they be destroyed. I’ll pay for it myself.
    Thus here is the connection between money and power. If someone is different than you or doesn’t fit your mold, get rid of them. I see this struggle in American politics too. The divide is growing and to be honest it doesn’t feel great to not fit the mold of the people in power. The only good thing is that God is on my side. Whew!

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