Better Late Than . . .
That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.
“What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked. “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered. – Esther 6:1-3.
When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” – Esther 6:6.
“Go at once,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.” – Esther 6:10.
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:7.
Captain Joseph Rochefort and his merry musicians performed prodigies of excellence in breaking the Japanese codes during World War II. They provided the Navy with their greatest coup—the information that led to the incredible victory at Midway. Nominated for the Distinguished Service Medal by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, he never received it. The victim of military bickering, he was transferred in 1942 and spent the war in Tiburon, California. He died in 1976, embittered by his mistreatment. In 1983, as an apology, the Navy honored Rochefort with a plaque at the old Pearl Harbor offices, a tardy acknowledgment of the man who led a corps of code breakers to give the U. S. Navy the advantage it needed to blunt Japan’s surging conquests in 1942.
God won’t overlook any servant who deserves special rewards. No rival exists to challenge the bequests as he chooses to grant them. God rewards his servants daily by making them coheirs with Christ of an immense, eternal inheritance. Since it is presently ours, we borrow against it for the daily grace needed to overcome the world. Aspiring to an exalted place we don’t yet have doesn’t daunt us, for we presently possess an exalted position we don’t deserve. It is all our birthright through Jesus Christ. And anyone can share in it who accepts him as Savior and Lord. Not one of us in the world is enriched with all of God’s grace; it just seems that way!