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“May you and I always pursue God’s will for our lives.” <>< Dona (06/30/20)

Please read Esther 4 through 6. If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Esther 4 when Mordecai heard of Haman’s evil plan he persuaded Esther to speak to King Xerxes.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Esther risked her life to go before the king without an invitation.

Something to think about

Her courageous act gives us a model to follow in approaching dangerous situations: 1. She considered the results – she could be put to death. 2. She set priorities – believing the Jewish race as a whole was more important than her very own life. 3. She took some basic steps – she gathered support from her fellow Jews and they fasted. 4. She planned her steps and moved ahead boldly – she didn’t think too long about the situation and therefore possibly change her mind.

Something to experience

Rather than dreading difficult situations or delaying action, confidently pursue what you believed God is directing you to do.

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In Esther 4:13 when Esther was concerned about what would happen if she went before the king (see verses 9-11) Mordecai told her (in verses 13-14) “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish (since you did not help when you had the chance). And who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this (and for his very purpose)?”

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, “for such a time as this” should cause each of us to stop and consider what this means to us personally.

Something to think about

I believe God placed Esther in her royal position for the very purpose of saving the Jewish race. After all Jesus was to come from that lineage.

Something to experience

When others are in danger don’t withdraw, instead ask God what you should do and then obey Him. This just might be your “for such a time as this” moment.

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In Esther 5:9 when Haman saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that Mordecai didn’t show reverence to him he was filled with rage against Mordecai.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Haman let hatred and bitterness fill his heart.

Something to think about

Haman was consumed with hatred toward Mordecai. The hate and bitterness backfired on Haman.

Something to experience

When the mere thought of someone or some situation causes you anger, confess your bitterness as sin. If bitterness isn’t completely banished from your heart, it can cause problems for you and others.

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In Esther 6:1-3 King Xerxes couldn’t sleep so he reviewed the history of his reign. And he found that Mordecai’s good deed (saving King Xerxes’ life) had never been rewarded (see Esther 2:21-23).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, at the same time that the king heard about Mordecai not being rewarded anything for saving his (the king’s) life, Haman entered the outer court.

Something to think about

This may seem coincidental but God knows everything. He is always at work lining up situations and people for His purposes.

Something to experience

God works quietly and patiently in all of our lives. We are given choices but God’s ultimate plan will be done. Just as He used Haman to reward Mordecai (see verse 11).

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will not dread any situation or delay any action that You have put in our path (Psalm 27:1 AMP). I pray we will seek Your plan and finish Your course (Acts 20:24 AMP). Lord, I pray we will be courageous and help others who are in danger (Joshua 1:9 AMP). Lord, I pray we will not let the sun go down on our anger (Ephesians 4:26 AMP). Lord, I pray we will confess to and be forgiven by You (Acts 2:38 AMP). Lord, I ask You to cleanse our heart of all bitterness (II Corinthians 7:1 AMP). Thank You Lord for working in our life (I Corinthians 3:9 AMP). Thank You for Your good plans (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

“May you and I allow the Lord to work His good plans through us.” <>< Dona