A Friend in High Places

Esther 9:1 – 4 On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them. The Jews assembled in their cities in all the provinces of King Xerxes to attack those seeking their destruction. No one could stand against them, because the people of all the other nationalities were afraid of them. And all the nobles of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and the king’s administrators helped the Jews, because fear of Mordecai had seized them. Mordecai was prominent in the palace; his reputation spread throughout the provinces, and he became more and more powerful.

Well, the tables have certainly turned, haven’t they? Haman, who hated the Jews, stood at the right hand of the king. He was very powerful, and people feared him. But now Mordecai, a Jew, held that same position! He stood at the right hand of the king, protecting his people. Many of the people of that day refused to harm the Jews simply because of their fear and respect for Mordecai’s position.

I love the way this parallels with our own lives, as Christians! Did you know that we have One who stands at the right hand of the Father? Jesus Christ holds the power of God Almighty. And Jesus is our brother. He loves us, He defends and protects us, and He always looks out for our best interests.

When we accept Christ as our Savior, we have a friend in high places. Yes, bad things still happen to us. But we may never know of the bad things that don’t come our way, simply because Jesus has not allowed it. Satan, no matter how much he hates Jesus, is still afraid of Jesus, just as the people of Susa were afraid of Mordecai, and the power he held.

I love having that kind of clout behind me, don’t you?

Dear Father, Thank You for Jesus, who stands at Your right hand, defending me against Satan’s blows.


2 Responses to A Friend in High Places

  1. July 25, 2008 #

    Dear Renae,
    Your picture of God and the wealth we have by being saved in Jesus Christ reminds me of some words written by Paul. I’ve had to memorize them to use them as a shield against the enemy’s attacks.
    I could for that sake have quoted the whole chapter from Roman eighth. There’s a wonderful place to dwell for weaklings like me.
    31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
    “For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Bless you for bringing the happy message. Making me think over my wealth in Christ.
    From Felisol

  2. July 25, 2008 #

    Thank you, Felisol, for that wonderful reminder. I love that chapter in Romans, too. It is almost overwhelming, in a good way, to think of that kind of love, isn’t it?

    Yes, we are very wealthy in Christ. I like the way you said it. Blessings, my friend!

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