1 When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2 But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. Esther 4:1-2
Someone once said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Sadly too many of us are guilty of this. How many times have you looked back over a situation that has been harmful either to yourself or to someone else, or indeed to a group of people and have been overcome with a deep sense of responsibility as you have realised that you could have and actually should have done something about it.
What excuses have you given? Someone else will deal with it. I’m too busy to deal with that. Perhaps you have not been brave enough to admit that you were afraid. There are situations that make us uncomfortable.
Perhaps we can learn from Mordecai. Once he heard of the atrocities planned by Haman, he did not keep silent. He ‘put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly’. He drew the attention of Queen Esther and did something about the situation.
Remember that ‘…the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline’ 2 Tim 1:7. Perhaps today you need to stand up and speak up. With God’s leading and help, you can do something about situations of injustice, irresponsibility and immorality. God is with you!