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.
- The Story of Esther: A Turn of Events (voice4society.wordpress.com)
- Questions for Reflection to Help in the Study of Esther 5-10 (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)