Current Series: The Grace of Esther
God often moves in subtle, unnoticed ways. King Xerxes is a cruel king. Instead of protecting the Queen’s modesty and honor, he wants to parade her around like a piece of meat. It is this drunken, rude behavior and the strength of Vashti that leads to an opening for queen – into which one of God’s children steps in – and it is this unassuming girl that God uses to rescue an entire race of people. We never know the small, beautiful acts of prevenient grace that are occurring all around us – but if we are faithful, we will reap the harvest.
In many ways, Xerxes was the enemy of both Mordecai and Esther. Mordecai had raised this beautiful woman as his very own daughter, loving her and teaching her the faith, only to have his Esther seized by the government and cut off from you for years. For Esther, she was seized from her home and then forced to have sex with Xerxes. She lost her virginity, her home, and her family.
When Haman is offended, he craved revenge. He was obsessed with respect and being treated with respect. When a slight happened, he could not bear to let it go. Mordecai, on the other hand responds in a totally different fashion – he grieves for those who might suffer and he prays. What would happen if we responded to insults and injuries by prayer instead of disproportionate responses?
It is always inconvenient to get involved. Esther had a lot she could have risked (she could have been executed, she could have been humiliated, Xerxes could have refused her help, everyone would have known she was a Jew). But it’s also imperative “for such a time as this.” We often cry out to God “send someone to fix this!” God did send someone: YOU!
When we seek God first, surprising things can happen. 3 days of fasting, 2 meals, 1 divinely orchestrated moment. We should always seek prayer first, in the middle, and in the end.
It is so important that we take the time to reflect and remember all the blessings of God in our lives, and all the ways that He has provided for us and worked in our lives. When we remember what God has done in the past, it helps develop our faith and trust in Him for our future.
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