Esther: Day 8

The King Honors Mordecai

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Today's Text: Esther 6:1-14, Proverbs 26:27, Isaiah 52:1-2

Scripture Reading: Esther 6:1-14, Proverbs 26:27, Isaiah 52:1-2

Aren’t we all born with a strong sense of justice? From a young age, we tattle on the wrongdoers and we vehemently defend what we call “ours.” We fight for what we believe to be fair. As we grow up, we hopefully mature in our understanding of right and wrong, just and unjust, godly and ungodly.

This sense of justice is the reason Mordecai’s honoring and Haman’s humbling is so satisfying as we read on in the book of Esther. We want the good guys to win and the bad guys to lose. We tend to like it when people get what is coming to them. As Proverbs 26:27 puts it, “The one who digs a pit, will fall into it.”

Is it a coincidence then, that King Ahasuerus cannot sleep, and so he asks for the daily events to be read to him? No, this event demonstrates God’s sovereignty. In fact, the book of Esther is filled with “coincidences” and fortunate turns of events, making it evident that God is in control and actively working on behalf of His people. During a time of exile and suffering, God rescued His children through an unlikely orphan girl, enacting justice on their behalf.

Unfortunately, the world is still a place of injustice today. We see the bad guys winning. We see evil, hate, death, and disease infecting the world. Life is far from fair for most—something we’ve probably all been told at some point.

We still cry out when someone wrongs us. We grieve when a devastating attack occurs somewhere in the world. We cannot accept the imperfection and pain of this life. C.S. Lewis said, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

When our hearts cry out for justice, for good to prevail over evil, our hearts are really crying out for heaven. We long for Christ to come back and make things right once and for all. We long for the new heaven and the new earth (Isaiah 65:17).

In the stories of Esther, Joseph, Moses, and others, God intervened to save His people because He loved them and He cared about their plight. The greatest demonstration of God’s love was certainly when the Father sent His own perfect Son to die in our place so that justice could be satisfied. We were ransomed because of how much God loves us and loves justice.

While we wait for the second coming of the Lord, all is not lost. We have been called to join in the work of kingdom building with Christ even now (1 Corinthians 3:9). Although our final home is not here, we’ve been instructed to pray for God’s will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Esther’s story was one of encouragement to the Jewish people in the midst of exile. It was a story to remind them that God is over all and God is good. In a less than perfect world, let Esther be a story of encouragement to all who believe.

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Kaitie Stoddard is a professional counselor who recently relocated from Chicago to Colorado with her husband. She has her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is passionate about helping couples and families find healing in their relationships. On any given weekend you’re likely to find Katie snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, checking out new restaurants with friends, or catching up on her favorite Netflix and podcast series.

  • Melissa

    Your’s is the initllegent approach to this issue.

  • Sabrina Klomp

    I’m a day behind, but so thankful for the not-coincidence of it. After just hearing about the killings at a church in my home state it is such a good reminder that God is still good and still enthroned. “When our hearts cry out for justice, for good to prevail over evil, our hearts are really crying out for heaven. We long for Christ to come back and make things right once and for all.” Loved reading that today.

  • Am I the only one here that reads truth after 10 p.m.?

  • Churchmouse

    It is around the age of seven that children become aware of the fact that “life is not fair.” We struggle against that fact long past childhood, however. While that remains a truthful statement, it is not the whole story. There will come a day when all is made right and justice prevails. Until that day, as so many have already posted, we live as testimony to the full story, the Truth that is in control and the God Who alone is sovereign. We do not grieve as those who have no hope. We always have Hope. His name is Jesus. I welcome the day He returns, but I pray He tarries as there are still so many who need to know and believe. There will come a day when He says “Enough.” Let us be ready.

    • C Gunckel

      Thank you Churchmouse! It is our job to deliver the message while there is still time, it is Holy Spirit’s job to bring conviction and justice will ultimately prevail…..but while it is still light, let us plant the Word of Truth!

  • Lord cover us with strength, courage, and conviction that we may be your light. Let us pass the peace, mercy, and grace of Christ to all those we encounter through out our day.

  • The thought that entered my mind this morning was that we’ve been given the “behind the scenes” version of what was happening with the king, queen and other gov’t officials. Meanwhile, the Jewish people are marked for death and likely have no idea of the work of Esther on their behalf. How they must have worried, prayed, maybe even been making plans for escape.
    We read the Bible with accounts of joyful salvation for the “good” guys. We also read accounts where the worst seems to have happened (the crucifixion). In both, God is there. In the saved and rejoicing, it’s part of His plan. In the sorrow and mourning, He’s working. He can turn tragedy to triumph. Nothing surprises Him or is beyond His ability to redeem. Nothing.
    Rest in Him sisters but let Him also light the fire of our hearts to step out for Him and His kingdom regardless of what we perceive the “consequences” to be. In Jesus name – Amen. xo

  • “While we wait for the second coming of the Lord, all is not lost. We have been called to join in the work of kingdom building with Christ even now (1 Corinthians 3:9). Although our final home is not here, we’ve been instructed to pray for God’s will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).”

    This is good news for a heavy heart in light of another mass shooting. We are his hands and feet on earth because he so graciously chooses to use us. Give us more of you, God. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

  • Rachelle Bull

    I was really blessed by the quote “While we wait for the second coming of the Lord, all is not lost.” It is really easy to become discouraged by current circumstances and the prevalence of injustice, but I was reminded this morning that “God is over all and God is good”. Thank you for that

  • PursuedByHim

    Looks like the C.S. Lewis quote resonated with all of us!

    C.S. Lewis said, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

    Unfortunately, Texas proves this. The things we don’t understand prove this. Our disagreements prove this. Our daily lives prove this. The story of Esther proves this!

    We may not understand everything that happens here, just like the Jews didn’t understand what was happening to them, but our God will provide for all of us in His timing.

  • Such encouragement! God has set the times and goes before us. He calls all of us to be brave salt and light. I’m greatly sorrowed at the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Texas and around the world. I pray God will use this shed blood to turn many more to saving faith in Christ and to give His people, His body, courage to speak boldly to a needy world. This was the prayer of the disciples in Acts, to be given the ability to speak boldly. Esther, Nehemiah, and Ezra also all needed to live and work in an ungodly culture as they were placed there for God’s glory and the blessing of His people.

  • rosebergamot

    My heart is with our Brothers and Sisters in TX today. We love you. We are praying for you today.

  • I’m angry this morning that evil has raised it’s ugly head again. There is so much death and pain and sadness in our world. This devotion was planned by God long before we knew how much we would need it today. I praise our God who always goes before us and beside us. I need to hold onto that and remember that God is a God of justice and He has a plan.

  • This is such a timely devotion.
    Another mass shooting – in a church – during worship. Papa God, I can’t even! All the platitudes – all the things that are said over and over everytime something like this happens….Church, when will we wake up? I know that evil does not win in the end. I know that God has the last word and He is more than capable of balancing the books and making things right. But, when are we going to wake up and start being the church – the Body of Christ. When are we going to get out of the business of politics and back to the business of being salt and light to a broken world? When are we going to shake ourselves out of our complacency and stop being content with being comfortable? My heart is broken. Yes, I am praying for all of those affected by this senselessness. But, it’s time for us to do more than just pray. It’s time for us to get out of our comfort zone and be the people of God, sharing the Gospel, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and those in prison, and taking care of the last, the least, and the lost.

  • Elisabeth7291

    Love this & the Lewis quote. How timely as we mourn another tragic shooting.

  • Love Cs Lewis and this quote so much. ♥️

  • C.S. Lewis said, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

    We absolutely were!

    We were ransomed, made and continue to be shaped for an eternal life with our Heavenly Father… A beautiful life and world where there will be no more sorrow, pain,hurting, fighting, hating, death and disease…. where life is the ‘perfect’ we could never imagine in our wildest imaginings, and much much more, but cannot attain, no matter how hard we dream or try this side of heaven.

    ‘This’ world right here is not the Eternity that is spoken of in the Word of God, that Jesus gave His life for. It isn’t. It can’t be, and it shouldn’t be accepted as so. There is a better, far far better world to come… Amen.

    Thankful to you Lord God, for the Love and Hope you brought us in the form of your Son, Jesus. In this confusing world, holding fast to You and your Word is the truth we need. Thank you, Lord, for your hand in my life and the lives of my loved ones and friends, thank you that you never walk away from us let alone the good works you have started… Thank you Lord, that i can live in the Hope of a life , one day soon that is ‘free from’ and eternal with you… thank you Lord God, thank you. Amen.

    Sending some warming love and hugs this cold and chilly day, Sisters… xxx

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