August 13, 2012

Esther 8:1
On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews; and Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her.

This is going to be our last day we are in the Book of Esther. Today we read how the evil plot of Haman is discovered and how the king deals with his treachery. The Jews are saved and they can thank Esther the young orphaned girl, cousin of Mordecai who was taken by force to the kings palace and after being crowned queen had to appear to him uninvited and put her life on the line for her people. This is one of those real life fairy tales. This is not always the way our trials end. Some of you know that some trails end very badly, with us burying our loved ones and saying goodbye to dear friends. This does not mean that God is not with us in our trials it just means He had other plans for our stories.

Are you still in the middle of your trial? I am and so there is an end coming I just don’t know where it is and how it will end. That is all a mystery to me, but I find comfort in knowing that God has it all planned and knows exactly what will happen next. There are some details He does leave for us since we have free will but for the most part He has it pretty much planned out.

Keep in mind that Esther could have rejected Mordecai’s plan and refused to go before the king and that Mordecai reminds Esther that if she fails to do what she is purposed for then someone else will do the job that was given to her. That is a good lesson for us to learn as we close this book. We get to read and enjoy how Esther worked with God in all of this. Keep in mind that this book starts with a different queen and she has to be put away before Queen Esther can come into the picture. From the first sentence to the last God worked in all of this story. God is not mentioned directly in the Book of Esther but God is directly involved with this Book.

Life can be good, but it has its struggles and sometimes we just hit trials that seem to last forever. God uses those trials to bring about His glory and I am sure if you were to ask Esther now she would say how thankful she is that God used her this way. I am positive that had you asked her that question when her parents died, or she was taken into the kings palace or when she had to fast and pray she would have felt differently. How do I know this? I am going through a trial and I wonder all the time when I will see God’s purpose. That is why I am recording the event. I may never see the outcome but my children will or perhaps my grandchildren and I want them to be able to go back and trace and see how God prepared all of us to do what God has chosen us to do. That is why He saved us and this is the only true meaning we will ever have in life, that is to do the will of God and bring Him glory.

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