Recast the Classics

‘These things happened to them as examples for us.’ 1 Corinthians 10:11 NLT

Take a look at Esther. Any freedom she had was taken from her when a pagan king made her one of his wives—all because he thought she was beautiful. ‘Out of place’ just doesn’t go anywhere near far enough to describe how she must’ve felt.

But she was in precisely the place God needed her to be. When Haman plotted to have all Jews killed, Esther was in exactly the right position to save them. She discovered her life’s purpose when her uncle Mordecai told her she had ‘come to the Kingdom for such a time as this.’ (Esther 4:14 NKJ)

And what was her reaction? ‘I will go to the king [on behalf of my people]… and if I perish, I perish!’ (Esther 4:16 NKJ) But she didn’t perish, she succeeded. So what can we learn from Esther?

(1) When you first start out, God won’t give you all the details. That doesn’t mean He doesn’t have a plan. When you constantly seek Him, you’ll discover His plan and draw on His strength.

(2) When you know God has called you it gives you confidence to overcome every obstacle whenever they appear.

(3) Knowing God’s in control gives you boldness. When Esther said, ‘If I perish, I perish,’ she was simply putting herself into God’s hands, knowing that even death can be faced with confidence when you trust Him. Not only does God have a place for you here on earth, He has an even better one for you in Heaven. And that puts you in the ultimate win-win situation.

SoulFood: Jer 18–21, Luke 20:27–40, Ps 6, Prov 8:32–33

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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