Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pastor J’s Devotional from Bible Reading plan (11/1)

Many of us are familiar with the story of Esther, her uncle Mordecai, King Xerxes and the villain Haman. The basic outline of this story is: 
  1. The Set Up: Esther becomes Queen, 
  2. The Problem: Haman's genocide plot against the Jews, and 
  3. The Resolution: The divine victory against Haman.
The passage that jumped off the page as I read was Esther's discomfort and the action she took once rebuked by Mordecai:
Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “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, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”  So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him. (Esther 4:13–17).
We can all relate with the uncomfortable situation that is “confrontation”—most people do not like it. Esther’s story is a good reminder that when we are walking with God, He is orchestrating our interactions for His glory and our enjoyment of Him forever.[1]

Whereas we'll be called on to have uncomfortable conversations within the church and outside of it, let’s not forget the lesson to learn from Esther: Pray before everything. I’m often too quick to add my two cents to a discussion about resolving issues without committing the outcome to God in prayer. Esther’s demonstration of God’s prayer expectation is a great reminder for me today. 


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