Daily Bible Reading – Esther 3-8; Luke 18
Today’s Key Passage – Esther 4:1-17
Have you ever noticed how sometimes the perfect song comes on the radio right when you need to hear it? Have you ever gotten the phone call from a friend or loved one right when you needed to hear his or her voice the most? Have you ever received a financial blessing right when you were feeling overwhelmed by bills? The world would call these things coincidence. If you look deeper, though, you can clearly see that examples like these are evidence of something much more. They are, in fact, evidence of God’s sovereignty and providence.
In our readings yesterday and today from the book of Esther, we find many examples of God’s care in action. It was no coincidence that Esther became queen of Persia (2:17), or that it happened shortly before Haman convinced King Xerxes to issue a decree to kill all of the Jews. (3:5-15) It was no coincidence that when Esther went to speak with the king uninvited, he welcomed her instead of having her killed, which was his custom. (5:1-2) It was no coincidence that King Xerxes had the history of his reign read to him, was reminded that Mordecai saved his life, and decided to honor him on the same night that Haman came to convince the king to have Mordecai killed. (6:1-11) It was no coincidence that the evil Haman was hanged on the very same gallows he had built to hang Mordecai. (7:1-10) While God’s name is never actually mentioned anywhere in the book of Esther, it is clear that Esther’s entire story is one great testimony to God’s love and power.
Never underestimate God’s ability to provide you with just what you need at exactly the right time, and to use you right when He needs you the most. He can use any means to bring about His plans. When you begin to wonder why He has you in a certain place or why you are facing certain circumstances, be open to His direction and His will, and realize that He may have you there “for such a time as this“. (4:14)
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on October 5, 2013, in 17 - Esther and tagged Bible, Blessings, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, God's Character, Jesus, Perseverance, Questioning God, Religion, Trust, Waiting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.