The king has decided to honour you
1 Samuel 2:30, “Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever: but now the Lord saith, be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”
The Bible says the word of the king goes out with power. Owing to this, when a king speaks everybody listens. The king has the authority and power to preside over the affairs of his subjects.
The power to promote and demote any citizen within his territory lies squarely in his hands. God is the King of kings and the Lord of lords; when He speaks everyone listens. He has the power to do all things, including giving life and bringing death.
He holds the power to honour, bless and favour anyone in His domain. God has the ultimate power to bless or honour His subjects for their obedience and work. He also uses His earthly appointed kings to honour and bless people for a job well done.
When an earthly king honours a man for a job well done, God in His wisdom upholds it and, in some cases, further blesses the person. In most cases, there is the divine direction for an earthly king to honour a man for a job well done. This is exactly what happened in Esther 6:6-11: “So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, what shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, to whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?
7: And Haman answered the king, for the man whom the king delighteth to honour. 8: Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal, which is set upon his head.
9: And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
10: Then the king said to Haman, make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou has spoken. 11: Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.”
If you read from verse one above you would discover that Haman has already prepared a gallows where he planned to hang Mordecai and was in the palace to ask the king for permission to carry out his evil plan. The king’s insomnia was a remarkable instance of the providential control of God over human actions.
As a result of this, humanly speaking, the chosen nation (Israel) survived even in a foreign land. This event led to the fulfilment of the prophecy of the coming of the Redeemer (Jesus Christ) and the whole work of redemption.
The outcome of this event was never in doubt anyway, because God was in control. God made the most trivial things to work against Haman and to preserve Israel in the foreign land. Israel’s deliverance from Haman’s plan of ethnic cleansing brought honour to Mordecai.
It is important to note that this unique honour bestowed on Mordecai came as a result of his earlier noble deed of uncovering the plot to murder King Ahasuerus by his security men. Earthly kings borrowed a leaf from the Supreme God in terms of bestowing honour on people for their good deeds, obedience and respect to the Almighty God. God blessed King Solomon for this too. 1Kings 3:10-14 says: “And the speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.
11: And God said unto him because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked for the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12: Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that, there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
13: And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that, there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. 14: And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”
Prior to God’s blessing and honour on King Solomon, the king had earlier sacrificed 1000 cattle to God at Gibeon. It is as a result of this great honour to God that God requested he should ask for what he wants and He, God, will do it for him. When King Solomon asked for an understanding heart that will enable him to lead God’s people in the right direction, God was pleased with it and thus honoured him with both wisdom and wealth.
In the lead scripture, God was emphatic in declaring that He will honour whosoever that hallowed Him, stressing that the people who do not show Him respect will be lowly placed. If you are paying a visit to a great king, you must go with something worthy of the king and when you will be leaving the palace, the king will give you something greater than what you had brought to him.
Malachi 1:6 says: “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests that despise my name. And ye say, wherein have we despised thy name?”
God is worthy of our honour in diverse ways. He ensures that we repent from our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour. We can also honour the Lord by evangelising His words in and out of season to bring people to God’s kingdom. God created us for His pleasure; it is only in rendering faithful service to Him that we can please Him. Revelation 4:11 says: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
God created us for His pleasure and as such we are to please Him at all times. Our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to honour believers according to their works. In preparation for this second coming, we are to evangelise and win souls for Him. The greatest honour from the Almighty God is the Crown of glory.
Apostle Paul in expectation of this crown said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
This is a statement of fulfilment coming from Saint Paul, the great apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no doubt, Apostle Paul worked for God and, indeed, set standards for evangelism. My prayer is that anyone chosen by God should work for God the way Saint Paul did and at the end of his/her earthly life will be honoured with the Crown of righteousness in Jesus’ name.
Testimony Of The Lord’s Doing: God Is All Powerful
I AM Sister Francisca Silvanus. I live at Itire, Lagos. My testimony goes thus; The autonomous Eze (ruler) of my community is my uncle and I had an encounter with his wife in my dream. I was about to enter my compound in the dream, when I saw a big lion and it began to pursue my children and me.
We began to run, as we were running towards the gate a voice asked me, “where are you running to?” As I turned to respond, I saw the angel of my pastor and I told him that I came to see my mother, but this lion will not let us be.
The angel asked: “Is this lion greater than the Lion of Judah?” I said no! He then said: “Declare who you are and move forward.” My children and I did just that and the lion moved backwards and disappeared, and I awoke.
Few months later, the Eze’s wife became sick and I travelled to the village; seeing me, the woman pleaded that I should pray for her. While I was about to do this, a voice urged me to stop and that I should ask her to confess before I pray for her. I obeyed and asked her to confess, adding that it is after it that I can only pray for her to be healed. She refused.
I, however, tied anointed handkerchief on her legs and hands and she began to use them again. Praise the Lord!
Before leaving her, I told her to confess her sin if she wanted to be permanently whole, but she turned it down. Four days after, she became sick again; this time, the Lord struck her with the Egyptian sickness and she was rushed to the hospital where Reverend Fathers visited her and also prayed and anointed her.
People who visited her there said, she was constantly shouting: “I’m in hell oh! Don’t pour anointing oil on me!” They also said, she kept on shouting until she gave up the ghost. I thank God for giving me victory over the enemy.