Sunday, April 22, 2012

Esther (Bible in 90 Days)


Esther’s story would sell well as a best-selling novel in this day and age. It has it all: drama, power lust, romance, plot twists and suspense. The crazy part—it is a true story. Sometimes real life is more surprising than fiction.
           
Esther is proof that women can change history and play a large part in a Christian world. It was her courage to stand up and confront the king that saved her people.

I also think it is important to note about Esther is that she was a likable person. She was kind and lovable, which is why King Xerxes chose her to be his queen. Her actions to trust her cousin Mordecai and God and save her people make her one of my favorites in the Bible.

Esther also teaches that God makes a way and is constantly working in our lives. God puts the puzzle pieces in place to achieve His will, we just have to choose whether or not to play our part:

“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will rise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Esther became Queen, possibly for this specific moment. She made favor with the king because Esther was the kind of person he would stop and listen to. Also, Mordecai was an honest government official who foiled an assassination plot, but not getting rewarded. All of these aspects come together at one pivotal moment where Esther decides it is worth risking the king’s wrath and possibly her own life to save the lives of her family and her people.

The other thing Esther 4:14 describes is that if Esther did not step up, it would not have been the end of the Jews, only her family and many others. If one person does not choose to act in God’s timing He will find a way—you are the only one missing out.

Esther is a beautiful story full of drama and learning moments. Pay attention to how God is working in your life and have courage to take action when the time is right—God will be with you.

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Thank you Veggie Tales for making the story, once again, come to life.

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