Esther: Day 11

Esther’s People Are Saved

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Today's Text: Esther 9:1-22, Nehemiah 8:10, Luke 1:46-55

Scripture Reading: Esther 9:1-22, Nehemiah 8:10, Luke 1:46-55

When it comes to a blockbuster movie experience, I like to feel a tinge of tension. I don’t mind my emotions being pushed to the brink of disaster before the hero swoops in and saves the day—that is, while I’m sitting in a comfy seat with a jumbo tub of popcorn (extra butter, please). But in real life? Oh no. I’d rather play it safe.

I don’t want to even come close to disaster, disappointment, or despair. I’d prefer to see God’s hand rescue me as soon as the thought that something could go wrong enters my mind. Wouldn’t you?

God knows this about us, and He knows what we need. His plan is always right on time. Never early. Never late. We see this play out among God’s people in the book of Esther. Haman’s evil edict of death was issued on the thirteenth day of the first month, sending God’s people into a panic (Esther 3:15). But deliverance did not come until the thirteenth day of the twelfth month. The only thing worse than panic is prolonged panic. Am I right?

For twelve long months God’s people must have pleaded with Him to rescue them. They must have worn paths in the kitchen floor pacing with worry. They must have resisted a million urges to run and hide the little ones they knew Haman had ordered to be killed. They must have fretted that God would not come through, worried they’d misunderstood His plan for them, or felt abandoned by the God who promised to protect them.

Deliverance did not come twelve months early, or twelve weeks early, or twelve days early.

Deliverance came “on the day when the Jews’ enemies had hoped to overpower them, just the opposite happened. The Jews overpowered those who hated them” (Esther 9:1).

That very day.

The second they arrived at the juncture they’d been dreading, the switch flipped, the tables turned, and their Great Deliverer delivered them from destruction. God’s people stood, ready to fight, eyeball to eyeball with their worst nightmare. God has promised He will care for us, but we cannot put grace to the side, storing it up for a moment we don’t want to face.

When our enemies come for us, God will stand beside us. When our hearts are broken, God will be near (Psalm 34:18). When we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will see His hand (Psalm 23:4). But we may find ourselves closer to suffering than we’d ever want to be, on our knees praying until they ache. Like Israel did as they fled their Egyptian oppressors (nearly 1,000 years before Esther pleaded for her people to be spared), we may feel the sting of a raging sea before us and hear the pounding of enemy chariots behind us before we are able to see God make a way.

So what do we do as we wait for our rescue? We stand firm in God’s promises, trusting that He will deliver us at exactly the right moment. We wait for His rescue. We wait on Him. Our God is able to shift our sorrow to gladness and our mourning into celebration (Esther 9:22). He will do it right on time, every time.

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

  • My father passed away this Monday and we held his memorial last night. The Lord has been faithful with his care and has provided plenty of it! I have felt so much peace this week. My dad was so in love with his Savior. My sadness is a joyful one because I know I will see my dad again some day.
    Psalms 34:8 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

    • Becky

      I’m sorry that you lost your dad this week. Prayers for you as you celebrate his life with your family.

    • Kari

      So many prayers for you and your family Emma. I too have lost my dad. It was the hardest period in my life, but one that ultimately brought me closer to God than I ever could’ve imagined. In such a hard time you have to fully rely on Him. Trust in Him, like no other time before. Let Him take control. Exactly what we are learning in Esther! Everything comes in exactly God’s right timing. And He wouldn’t have put you here, now, if he knew you were not ready. Praying for strength for you in this period coming up.

  • As I am waiting on a response to something, I wonder why am I not stressed and now I know that I know, that I know, its because everything is in His time, not ours!

  • It’s so late and just now finished my devotional. This morning was rushed dropping off my son to his school then me and my daughter to her school where I work. I’ve been in the waiting for a very, very long time. As I’ve mentioned and I know that I know that you are all praying for me. Life has been hard but without all of you here at SRT and the Godly women including my beautiful mom I don’t think I’d make it this far. I tell myself that something good is going to come out of all this! For His glory and honor. For now on this late evening I’m thankful that I actually feel good and my mind and heart are at ease.

    • Tina

      Mari, as someone also in the waitng, I also sometimes get disheartened.. and ask the questions, when and Why of the Lord… but you know what? The truth is that there is the ‘Gods best’ answer coming for you, for me, for all who are waiting… Gods got this… and it will most definitely be at the right time in our lives… Amen.
      Lifting you and yours up in prayer dear Sister, and sending you love across the pond…xxx

  • This story is more savage than I remember.

  • Churchmouse

    Patience may be a virtue but it isn’t always one of mine. Time and again I need reminded that my ‘time’ is in His hands. And that is the very best place for it to be.

  • I’m wondering why it’s okay that the Jews killed and fought back ? I understand what they went through and the anger they felt, but aren’t we thought to not fight back and to turn the other cheek? Wouldn’t God honor them for not killing and hurting their enemy? Can someone explain this to me?

    • Kimone

      I believe that in the sense that the edict could not be over turned and was ordered by the king they would’ve been killed had they not fought back. This was the means in which their deliverance came.
      Won’t tell you that I fully comprehend it either, maybe we just have to wait till we see Him face to face.

      I see where you’re coming from though.

    • Eva

      I just listened to a podcast on This Good Word with Steve Wiens, called Sinners in the hands of a loving God with Brian Zahnd from October 5. It addresses some of the questions about the violence in the Old Testament.

    • Linda K

      I wondered the same thing.

    • Beth L.

      When Esther begged the king to reverse the edict, he told her it could not be done, that was the law of the Medes and Persians. The only way the Jews would not be completely anihalated as to defend themselves. It was To preserve them as a nation from being wiped off the face of the earth. They only killed those that insisted on coming to kill them on the one day, in the twelfth month. The king even allowed the Jews to take the spoil of those they killed in defense, but the Jews refused to take the spoil (prey), Esther 8:11-12 and Esther 9:15 and 16. There were many that did not try to kill them because they were afraid of the Jews, Esther 8:17

  • I can be such an impatient person and i often panic in rough situations. Thank you God for your work in me and teaching me to wait on you and your perfect timing.

  • Ladies, this past week God has answered many of my family and my prayers regarding having children and career progression. Throughout the whole thing, Moriah Peters’ song, “You Carry Me” has been ringing. I would suggest each of you listen to it and remember that through “every valley, every storm, [He] is there.” All in His timing but we also need to remember to submit our plans, thoughts, ideas to Him. I found that until I gave up my dreams to God, I hit brick wall after brick wall. I’m still working, daily, on giving up my dreams to Him but as I slowly loosen my hand, He grabs hold and is pulling me along.

    • Jessica

      Praise God!

    • Gina

      I cannot thank you enough for your post today and for recommending the song “You Carry Me”. I have been overwhelmed with anxiety as I contemplate needing to downsize and pack up and move after 32 years in the same home. This song helped me to remember the truth, (that the enemy is working overtime to want me to forget) that God has indeed carried me throughout my life and He is not going to stop now!! I am praising Jesus for His grace–your post today.

  • Needed this so much this morning. I’m dating such a wonderful man, but due to previous heartbreak I tend to let fear overwhelm me – fear that he will do the same thing that other guys have done, fear that I am not enough, fear that I am too much.. so much fear and worry often times, especially today. But I was so encouraged and needed to remember that “our God is able to shift our sorrow to gladness and our mourning into celebration. He will do it right on time, every time”. All I truly have is Him, and his love and care for me is so much greater than my fear of anything.

  • This message of God’s timing really hit me this morning because it’s an idea that I have been struggling with all year. In May, I graduated from college and thought I would be able to get some type of job (in my field) within a decent amount of time. However, I sit here today with ”no job”. Also, it seems like this year has been one of those years where you take two steps forward but get pushed five steps back.

    Today’s message reminded me that God is working ahead of me and that (as always) he will never be late. One scripture that this message reminded me of was Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8. Simple because there is a time for everything like waiting patiently on God and a time to step out (in faith) to do what God has laid on your heart.

    I have been reading with the SRT community for a long time but never had the courage to actually post my thoughts. Thank you SRT for creating this community and for you ladies for sharing your stories. You don’t know how many times they have encouraged me. Big hugs and prayers to all of you!

    • Hilary

      His plan is perfect! Praying for you now as you wait for His timing, Katie!

    • Bridget

      Sending you encouragement, Katie! You are my daughter’s age – I understand the “hard” of waiting. ❤️

    • Natalyn

      Yes Katie! Thank you for sharing

    • Eriana

      I’m in a similar boat and needed this encouragement in relation to i️t. Thank you so much for sharing, Katie.

    • Amanda

      I went through a really similar job-hunt experience after I finished college 5 years ago. I felt certain that every exciting opportunity in my life had already passed me by, and that I was destined to watch all my friends obtain the jobs/opportunities/benefits I desired, and instead spend my days feeling worthless and helpless. You are so wise and fortunate to already have such a healthy and rooted perspective while you go through this season. I know going through times like that has shaped my faith and relationship with God in ways that would’ve never happened without being reminded in a very literal way that I have nothing except Him. I know He’s going to show up for you right on time Katie! And the humbled and grateful spirit you’ll have when He does will radiate to the people around you and be such a strong testament to Him and His love. Prayers and love to you!

  • Mary Beth

    Last night while at church we learned that a former youth who was a freshman in college was found dead in her dorm room. We have so many questions and feelings, anger and sadness, and it is all that has been on my heart this morning. What a comfort to open today’s devotion and read these words. The Lord is our strength and comfort exactly when we need him. “But we may find ourselves closer to suffering than we’d ever want to be, on our knees praying until they ache… We stand firm in God’s promises, trusting that He will deliver us at exactly the right moment. We wait for His rescue. We wait on Him. Our God is able to shift our sorrow to gladness and our mourning into celebration (Esther 9:22). He will do it right on time, every time.”

    Please pray for this family today. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and peace to surround them today and in the days to come.

    • Allie Smith

      Oh, so heartbreaking! I am so sorry about your church families loss and that there are so many questions…praying for God’s peace for you all and her family. Praying for resolution to all the questions.

    • She Reads Truth

      Oh goodness, thank you for sharing this Mary Beth. We are lifting up the family in prayer today, and praying God’s peace and comfort over all those in her community. – Abby, The SRT Team

  • Needed this devotional this morning! My husband very much needs a new job after six years in a toxic environment and he’s at the end of his rope. I’m also waiting through a dissatisfying work environment myself. It’s easy to think God has forgotten us but I loved this reminder to keep waiting and trusting.

    • Susie

      We’ve been there and understand. Lifting you both up to the throne and praying His peace to infuse you both as you wait. ❤️

  • I have read the book of Esther many times but what jumped out at me today was the word fear. The enemies of the Jews could not withstand them because fear of them fell upon all people. (Esther 9:2) Yes, the Jews had months to prepare for that day. Yes, the Lord strengthened them but He also caused fear to fall upon the enemies. Fear is paralyzing and when we allow it to fall upon us, we will be defeated. Another reason to stay focused on God’s word and His promises.

    • Emily Cele

      Love this, Barb: ‘Fear is paralyzing and when we allow it to fall upon us, we will be defeated. ‘ I think fear may be Satan’s greatest tool, that wall of fear that separates us from God and His saving Grace.

  • Rachelle

    Deliverance came “that day”. The day that they dreaded and feared. “That day”. The day that the enemy meant for evil, God turned it around for good. “That day”. Praise God!
    We serve a F A I T H F U L God!

  • Alice, thank you. This song is a beautiful reminder of God’s love for us.

  • Alice Carroll

    These are some lyrics from Even If by Mercyme, which came to mind as I read this.

    I know You’re able and I know You can
    Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
    But even if You don’t
    My hope is You alone
    I know the sorrow, I know the hurt
    Would all go away if You just say the word
    But even if You don’t
    My hope is You alone

    They say it only takes a little faith
    To move a mountain
    Well good thing
    A little faith is all I have, right now
    But God, when You choose
    To leave mountains unmovable
    Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
    It is well with my soul

  • https://youtu.be/se7yAkqu3Ek

    He’s still on time!

    Amen.

    Every Blessing sisters. Every Blessing… xxx

  • This besutiful song came to mind as I read today’s message…

    https://youtu.be/se7yAkqu3Ek
    Four days late…
    But God…
    He is still on time..!
    Amen.
    Blessings and love to you all.. xxx

  • ‘His plan is always right on time. Never early. Never late’ This really impacted me this morning with a challenge to stand firm in the truth of that. But I think that we also need to see that God’s plan is not always our plan, sometimes the plan does feel like God hasn’t won, but he always has. If the Jews had been over powered that day instead of overpowering, would God still have been in control? – Yes He would! Perhaps there are some who may need encouragement today that even when the worst happens, our sweet Jesus is still a sovereign and loving God, his plan has not been thwarted and his faithfulness is unceasing. Have a blessed day dear sisters xx

    • candacejo

      So true, Clare, God doesn’t always answer the way we think He will. (that’s probably a lesson for another day!) He sees down the road and knows what is best for us. We do not know what lies ahead, what will bring Him the greater glory and lift Him up for others to see Him better. But He does and He is sovereign in all things. Even if it means my prayer is not answered, He is still God, He still loves me and if He takes me home instead of deliverance, I win.

    • Barb

      So true. The Jews that Esther saved had been in exile. I’m sure those who were carried off to Babylon or killed were not thinking of God’s plan.

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