Our God Remembers
By Jim GarrettOctober 8, 2020
Who knows what God has around the corner for you? Or around the calendar?
The story is recorded for us in Esther 2 of a dramatic event:
Esther 2:21- 23 (NIV)- “During the time Mordecai was [on duty] sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry [at the king] and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai. And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled on poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.”
If you continue reading in Esther, you will see the spiritual and historical ramifications of this event, and how it affected Mordecai, Esther, and the entire Jewish people under Babylonian captivity.
But what I want you to see for the moment is that although this was a very heroic and noble thing on the part of Mordecai, it was not planned by him, it was not considered what the total outcome would be, it was not thought of concerning what was in it for Mordecai, or any such details.
In fact, it seemed to be a case of Mordecai simply being in the right place at the right time.
This event was reported by Mordecai to Esther, his niece/cousin and the new queen. She, in turn, reported this event to King Xerxes and he immediately dealt punishment to the two offenders; he had them impaled in the pole of a tree. He had this event, including the report from Mordecai recorded in the Book of the Annals. This was important and was a life-and-death matter to the king. But after the offenders’ punishment, Xerxes forgot about it. End of story.
Throughout Scripture we see similar incidences; consider the report of Daniel as he interpreted dreams in the jail—with promises that the dreamers would reveal the deeds of Daniel to the king of the land—but they too, forgot.
As you read these two stories, however, you may quickly notice that as the narrative continues, there is one Main Character Who never forgets. Yes, God never forgets those deeds that we have done—even though they may have been unintentional or “happenstance.”
God would bring Daniel back around and to the mind of the king of Babylon. And as you read further in Esther, you see that through Queen Esther, Xerxes was reminded of the deeds of Mordecai. Xerxes used this remembrance to exalt Mordecai to a place of leadership within the kingdom—and later, to some more exciting details in his life, Esther’s life, and the Jews’ lives. (But most of that is another story for a different time.)
What I want us to see here is this: God does not have a weak memory; He does not forget—especially when He is the One Who has set this entire deal up to start off with. God sees. God knows. God sets men and events in motion to accomplish His Kingdom purposes. And whether we get immediate responses, or weeks-later responses, or years-later responses, or not-in-this-lifetime responses, it does not thwart His plan and purpose, and it does not alter His memory.
You may be in the midst of some circumstance that you had no foreknowledge of. You may have had no intent to find yourself in this place. But know this: our God is able. He is intentional. And His memory is not lax. God WILL see His plan to completion—and you are a part of it.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV)- “… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ –