Daily Reading: Esther chapters 8-10
“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” – Acts 4:20
Rewards of Faithfulness
Life can be difficult. There are dangers every day. As Christians, we are tempted constantly and even endure trials which, if not firmly grounded, may cause us to waiver in our faith. Evil leaders and terrorists may plot their schemes, nations may abuse their citizens, however rest assured nothing escapes the eye of God. Our narrative in Esther has reminded us that God’s sovereignty is not diminished by the schemes of man. Rather the opposite is true. When we see God conquering evil, we have reason to praise Him for His greatness and protection.
In these last chapters of Esther, King Xerxes takes the house of Mordecai and makes him great. Haman’s entire household is given to Esther. Not only are the Jews great within the kingdom, but God gives them victory over their enemies and takes Mordecai to a place of greatness within the kingdom. The book ends with celebration and rejoicing – triumph! This should be the end of all the events and trial in our lives; these not only make us stronger, the events of our life should give cause for us and those around us to magnify the Lord!
Clothes of Sackcloth to that of Royalty
You will remember that just a few chapters ago, we found Modecai at the gate of the palace in sackcloth and ashes, mourning over what was taking place in the kingdom. Things looked pretty dim from his perspective. As human beings, we make judgments based on our perceptions. God is fully aware of our limited understanding. As a loving Father He takes all these things into consideration. He hears the bleeding of our heart cry during trials as much as the joyful exultation of our rejoicing. Take comfort in the truth that the Father loves us through it all. We can take comfort that as we remain faithful, His plan will be executed and nothing can stand against it. Mordecai saw himself as a weeping leader, and clothed as such. He did not know the future. God saw Mordecai not only in his present state, but as we read of him in chapter 8, “in royal apparel of blue and white.” It is not as though we seek greatness, and we should not seek to be great in the eyes of men. Yet we remember that in the eyes of God, He sees both the state we are in now, and the state we will be in when we see Him face to face!
Rejoice in God
As we turn to the ninth and tenth chapters of Esther, the Jewish people have flourished under the leadership of Mordecai. Who would have guessed? The opposition to Mordecai and Esther in the first two chapters seemed too great to overcome. As you and I walk through life, we will meet people will oppose us. This is true no matter who you are. Keep in mind whether you are liked by many, or disliked by some, there is a wonderful hope for us in Jesus Christ. Through Him we can be delivered from injustices of the world. We may still feel the consequences, however remember that our time here on earth is short. We look forward to a permanent deliverance when we see Christ face to face. In the mean time, let’s continue to walk with Him, be led by Him and glory in the Lord – trusting in His providential hand.