Tuesday February 2, 2021
Today’s Reading: Esther 4:5-17
If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.
Reflection: God’s Sovereignty covers all situations, but invites us to take part in where and how He is working. In order to prevent an enemy of the Jews from destroying their people, Mordecai seeks help from King Ahasuerus through his niece Esther, the Queen. While all circumstances seem to be against her favor, Mordecai reminds Esther that due to the nature of His Faithfulness, God will guarantee the preservation of His people. However, he says also that she has been appointed to take part in how God will bring their salvation to fruition. God doesn’t need Esther to bring about His Will, but He is choosing to use her for this purpose.
What does God’s Sovereignty mean for us? It assures us that our tasks for Him are not only given by Him, but also used by Him. When we follow God’s guidance in the work we do, He uses these things to bring about His Glory. God’s Sovereignty does not remove us from His Will, but calls us to it. While God could do anything without His people, He desires an active life of faith from us. The story of Esther and Mordecai confirm God’s desire to work in and through us. Yes, He works within circumstances outside of the control of His people. He also calls us to participate in what He is up to. Mordecai reminds Esther in her time of uncertainty that her refusal to take part in God’s work will only lead to her ruin, but her involvement in His Will would lead to victory for God and His people. When Esther forsakes her own well-being (“if I perish, I perish”) and moves forward in obedience to Him, we see that God not only preserves her and the Jewish people, but also gives them all an incredible testimony – and us a reminder – of His Goodness.
How is your obedience to God reflecting in Your life? What has He called You to do for Him? As you move forward for His Glory, move forward in the blessed assurance that His Sovereignty covers you to preserve you into eternity.
Prayer: Almighty God, thank You for the reminder of Your Sovereignty over all things. Thank You for the assurance of Your perfect Will and divine control over all situations. I am free to move forward in confidence in You because You are Faithful and Powerful to see Your Plan to fruition. Thank You for involving me in Your blessed Work, Lord. What is Your call to me Lord? What are the things You desire for me to do? As I seek You, please guide me to see how I might give You Glory in my everyday life. I pray all of these things in Jesus’ Precious Name, AMEN.
Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Revelation 13; Esther 3-4; Psalm 106:1-23