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“May you and I seek to love and help those around us.” <>< Dona (07/01/20)

Please read Esther 7 through 10. 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 7 when the king discovered Haman’s intentions he was hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Haman’s hatred and evil plotting against the Jews brought disaster upon his life.

Something to think about

Proverbs 26:27 teaches that a person who digs a pit for others will fall into it himself.  What happened to Haman shows the results of setting a trap for someone else.

Something to experience

We should consider the consequences before we take any actions against someone else.

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In Esther 8 the king could not reverse the edict that Haman had instigated to kill all the Jews but the king could give Mordecai a chance to come up with a plan to save him and his people. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Mordecai was able to come up with a plan to save the Jews.

Something to think about

Esther and Mordecai weren’t looking for earthly rewards for what they did for the Jews but they received some anyway (see verses 1-2).

Something to experience

When we do what’s right we too may receive unexpected blessings from God.

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In Esther 9 the Jews are delivered from harm. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, because of Esther’s bravery and Mordecai’s wisdom all the Jews were saved.

Something to think about

The price to be paid by God’s heroes is a long-term commitment to doing what is right.

Something to experience

Are you and I ready and willing to do what’s right no matter the price?

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In Esther 10 we see God at work in the lives of individuals and in the nation as a whole.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You were then and are now in control.

Something to think about

Even when it looks like evil has taken over, God is still in control.

Something to experience

We may not understand all that is going on, but we can trust God to protect us and help us to do what is right. No matter how hopeless the situation looks don’t despair.  For God is indeed in control.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will consider carefully the consequences of any actions we take against someone else (Proverbs 19:2 AMP).  I pray we will handle situations with thoughtful foresight (Proverbs 20:3 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will guard ourselves with godly wisdom and stay far from evil (Proverbs 22:5 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will seek to do what is right, not expecting blessings, but humbly receiving them if they come our way (II Corinthians 9:6 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will come to understand the depth and essence of Your Son’s precious love when He laid down His life for us.  I pray we will do the same if you call us to do so (I John 3:16 AMP). Lord, even when we don’t understand all that is going on, I pray we will still trust You to protect us and to help us to do what is right.  No matter how hopeless the situation may seem I pray we will not despair.  For You Lord are indeed in control.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“Because the Lord is in control, may you and I not despair no matter the situations we face.” <>< Dona