Tuesday, March 5, 2013

For Such a Time as This

I just finished studying the book of Esther in February.  Here are a few lessons I learned as I studied.

  • The name of God is not mentioned in the book of Esther.  However, you see God working throughout the book.  Just because God remains anonymous doesn’t mean He is not working.  Keep your eyes open because that coincidence may be God remaining anonymous.  
  • Mordecai’s conviction of not bowing to Haman got him in trouble.  Doing the right things is not easy, and it is not always rewarded.  In the end, Mordecai saw justice.  We must do the right thing even though it is not always rewarded here on earth.
  • The fate of the Jewish people rested on Esther.  It must have been rewarding for Mordecai to see his cousin that he raised rise to the occasion and bring deliverance for their people.  Are we laying a foundation in our children that will stand?
  • Esther took a stand and did the right thing even though it could have led to her death.  What she did is still remembered today in the Jewish celebration of Purim.  When you stand with God, you do something that will last.

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