Taking Hold of God’s Hand

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Throughout the book of Esther, there is evidence of God’s constant care for His people who were in exile; His hand involved in the circumstances that protected His people. A plot to kill the king was foiled by a Jew named Mordecai; a man who cared and took action. From the very beginning of the book of Esther, the person named Mordecai who was taken into exile from Jerusalem cared about others. He raised his cousin named Esther whose parents had died. Esther became Queen and these two followed God’s purpose in their life with courage and commitment. 

Because of the actions of Esther and Mordecai, the Jews got the upper hand. In Esther 9-10, we are told that those against the Jews were afraid and the government within the provinces helped the Jews because the leaders were afraid of Mordecai.

As we reflect back on the reading of the book of Esther over the last few weeks, one lesson learned is the benefits of being open and honest. Esther was rewarded for having these traits as she let the king know about her Jewish background. Rather than be destroyed, her people received protection. Esther and Mordecai acted together and strengthened one another; working for the good of their people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews. Queen Esther received what she wanted from the king and Mordecai was rewarded with a promotion to second in rank to the king.

Take some time to reflect on the last few weeks or for the last year. Are there examples of God’s care for you? As you prepare to pray this day, be open and honest with God. Be thankful for His care and believe He will use you to bless others. God needs those willing to make a stand and those who take action will bless others and in turn, bless themselves.

 

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church and runs the 10:50 worship service computer. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. You’re invited to join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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7 Responses to Taking Hold of God’s Hand

  1. Mark says:

    There is a Mordecai listed in Ezra. Do you think he could be the one in Esther? I tried again last night with the Darius’ and Artaxerxes’ but I still get them confused. I guess he would have to have been very young to go Jerusalem and then back to Susa.

    • Mark Shields says:

      In researching at a few sites on the Internet, I came up with the events in the book of Esther to be around 480 BC and looking at the timeline of the families returning to Jerusalem in Ezra 8 to be around 457 BC. It seems to be possible that we could be talking about the same Mordecai but I’m sure a lot more research would be needed to confirm – Very interesting Mark.

      • Mark says:

        Thanks, I tried the also and everyone had a different date. Some were very spread out. I realized I did not finish my timeline and I want to put Ezra, Haggai, and Zechariah on it; Ezra and Daniel give me dates (numbers) for Cyrus. So I am going to have to find a good source for the other kings.

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  4. this is a marvelous series of posts Mark, I’ve truly been enjoying them. Thank you friend !

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