9-2-14 Forced to Stand

I have found that God has put me in positions in which I had to make a choice.  Do I knuckle under or do I stand up for God?  If I go along with the position contrary to the Bible, then I am miserable and have let God down.  At the same time, I hate being forced to make a stand. God puts me in that position to help me grow and learn to make the right choices.  He forces me to stand.

For me making a stand is not easy. I like people to like me. I like to please people. I also want to please God. When I have to make a stand for God, regardless of popular opinion or the outcome, I know I did the right thing. 

Mordecai would not bow down to Haman.  This was not popular or politically correct. Why would a good servant of the king refuse to recognize the new prince appointed by the king?  Verse four gives the clue.  It says that Mordecai was a Jew.  Thus, Haman wanted worship as a deity and this would violate Mordecai’s faith. He was forced to make a stand.  He understood the risk, but pleasing God came first.

“And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.” Esther 3:2. 

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

9-1-14 To Rat or Not to Rat

“I need to tell you that I smelled alcohol on a driver’s breath,” I told the boss about one of the drivers. 

“Yes, others have reported that to me, as well.” We will be addressing that. 

Meanwhile, the driver tried to disguise the odor with garlic – lots and lots of garlic.  So much that one knew he had been in the building long after he left.  He was an accident waiting to happen. It wasn’t long before he was no longer with the company’s employ. 

Sometimes one feels like a rat if he tells on someone.  However, there are times when it is right and appropriate to reveal information that would save somebody’s life.  Anyone that drinks and drives should be reported to prevent an accident or even a fatality. Another thing would be a plot to kill someone or themselves. I don’t know whatever happened to the guy that lost his job. Hopefully, one day I will find out that it actually saved his life, too. 

The book of Esther tells of a time that Mordecai did the right thing by reporting an assassination plot to kill the king. It took courage to do the right thing even though he didn’t receive any accolades for it. But he knew that he very well may have saved the king’s life.

To rat or not to rat – doing right takes courage.

Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him. In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name. And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.” Esther 2:20-23.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

8-31-14 Aesthetic Purposes

“Do you work here?” a friend asked me when he saw me working at the auto parts store. 

“We’ve been wondering that ourselves,” said an opportunistic counterman.

“They keep me here for aesthetic purposes.” I countered the counterman. “You see, because I am pleasing to the eyes, business picks up just from my mere presence.”

Guffaws followed. 

Actually, I have never had to worry about striving to look above average.  Average suits me fine.  To live my life striving to maintain a movie-star appearance has never appealed to me.  I am not one of the “pretty people” and am happy that I am not.

I discovered that God can use extreme beauty, too.  He used Esther’s beauty for His glory.  God didn’t put her in that place and time only for aesthetic purposes, but though her beauty and demeanor attracted the king’s attention.  He made her queen according to God’s plan

Her beauty was not limited to her physical beauty, but her Godliness shone through.  Her pleasing personality complimented her beauty, as well.  She was not a vain person, stuck on herself as many of the “pretty people” are. 

This just goes to show me that God can use anybody – even “pretty people.”

“Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her. So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.” Esther 2:15-17

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

8-30-14 What's a Brother For?

“We would like to invite you to dinner at our place after church.” Said Bro. Oz, an elderly member of our church.  We were honored and touched by the invitation and accepted.  Here we were, recently saved and new to the church and someone who had served the Lord for many years wanted to spend time with us!

After dinner and fellowship, Oz walked us out to his huge garden. He harvested several items to give us.  I protested and he explained that he grew this large garden to give the produce away.  He put it this way, “What’s a brother for?”

God used that to help me realize that I am to give of myself in whatever way I am able.  God has a purpose for me.  That purpose has changed through the years.  I have worked on cars, visited people in jail, prison and the hospital, plus many other things.  Whenever I question whether I should help a certain person, Oz’s words pop up in my consciousness, “What’s a brother for?” His words still provoke me to love and do good works.

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” Hebrews 10:24.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff