Lessons in Esther

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:14

Life ain’t easy. I’ve heard it said that as Christians we’re all either in the midst of a battle, coming out of a battle, or going into a battle. This is life. At least, life here on this world. Someday, when God’s kingdom comes, the strife will cease, but until then, we’re here to serve God, and that means having to go through “battles.”

When we go through battles in life, oftentimes we don’t understand things. We don’t understand why things are happening, and we are often afraid of the eventual outcome. This is normal. But we don’t have to worry, and we don’t have to be afraid.

The book of Esther is an interesting read. Long story short, the Jews were living in the Persia-Media Empire, and for the most part, things were just fine. One day an evil guy named Haman decides to exterminate all of the Jews, and all of a sudden the Jews are thrown into a panic. Obviously, when someone is trying to kill you and all of your people, that’s a pretty good thing to be concerned about. But see, instead of trying to take things into their own hands, the Jews turned to God. They knew God would deliver them from their crisis.

Mordecai, in particular, demonstrated faith in God. In the above quote, I like how he said “relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise.” He didn’t say it “might” arise. He didn’t say “I hope it’ll arise.” He said it will arise. He knew God wouldn’t let his chosen people be destroyed.

God not only delivered them from this crisis, but he used it for their benefit – the Jews gained new wealth and status in the empire as a result of this circumstance. God turned a crisis into something good for his people.

“He works all things for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28)

When a time of crisis hits us – and we can be sure it will from time to time – we can rest assured knowing that God is in control no matter how bad/confusing/chaotic things may seem. Not only that, we can be sure that we’ll come out of the crisis better off than we were before, as long as we stay close to God. He promises to use these things for our good, and we know that God always keeps his promises. The key is to continue to seek God, no matter what. No matter how confusing, bad, or weird things get, we must always seek God. If we do, everything will turn out right in the end.

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