Yay! It’s Wednesday! We are half way through this week! You can make it! Last week, we were in Ezra learning about moving closer to God, and this week’s devotional is all about Esther. I love Esther and so do my kiddos. Maybe because God’s plan is so evident in her life or maybe because the bad guy loses in the end or perhaps it is because she is so brave! Either way, it is a classic heroine story, and it can teach us so much! Are you ready to jump in?
First, I want to encourage you to read the entire book of Esther. It is 10 chapters, but it is a great read!
As I mentioned, you can clearly see God has a plan in Esther’s life. Mordecai pegs it in Esther 4:14 when he states, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” God created Esther to be in that place at that time for that instance. He made her beautiful in appearance to be noticed by the king to not only be a harem, but to be queen. God had a plan for Esther, and He used her in that time-His timing. She was created in order to accomplish the particular task God set before her.
What It Tells Us About Being Brave:
Another thing I love about Esther’s story is how brave she was. She had a fearlessness about her every woman should aspire to be like, in my opinion. She knew going to the king was against the law, but she knew her life and her people’s lives counted on her to do it. So she did it. It wasn’t like she was simply going to go to jail for approaching the king either. She could have died for going before the king without being requested by the king first. So I think we should strive to be like her: to stand for what is right, even when our life, pride or name is on the line.
God was looking to Esther to be faithful and obedient to Him. Again, she did not know what would happen if she went to the king, but she remained faithful to God and knew He would guide her. Like Esther, we must stand firm in our obedience to God.
The best part about Esther’s story is God allowed her to be a history maker-a history changer. He is sovereign and could choose any way He wishes to accomplish His plans, but He allows each of us to be a part of it. How cool is that fact?
God, I pray You would guide me in the plans You have for my life. Help me to realize You created me specifically for Your purpose. Help me to be brave and trust in You in everything I do. Thank you for Esther’s encouraging example to remain faithful and to be brave. Guide me in Your Will, God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Do you know God’s plan for your life? Are you brave enough for the challenge to follow God’s Will?
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