Day 11

Esther’s People Are Saved

from the Esther reading plan

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

BY Guest Writer

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.

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50 thoughts on "Esther’s People Are Saved"

  1. Charissa Douglas says:

    I almost got divorced late last year. My husband cheated, told me his heart was no longer in the marriage, and wanted to move on with his life. For months I pleaded to God to heal and redeem our marriage. It seemed that every time I pleaded, I kept hearing, “Not yet”. And as I was ready to give in hope, God’s grace touched our marriage. Not in my time, but His. It’s been a very dark and difficult path for my husband and I. And many nights I lay in bed wondering why did I hurt so much when Jesus could have just stopped everything from happening. But this was such an amazing reminder that everything is in His time. Not mine.

  2. Courtney Moyer says:

    When God intervenes and we get a chance to know we’re blessed and to feel blessed, nothing is more appropriate than seizing the happy moment.

    I love that after deliverance they celebrated. They didn’t celebrate the war day, they celebrated the following day. It’s critical for us to recognize the timing of 12 long months of weary.

    What could be more healing to the soul than setting aside a day for JOY. Gather friends and family and celebrate the victories, even if they seem mundane. It’s glorifying to God to acknowledge His work through a time of rest and feasting.

  3. Ashli Rouw says:

    Amen! A great message here!

  4. Emma says:

    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.

    1. Becky says:

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

    2. Kari says:

      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.

    3. Kim says:

      Thoughts and prayers to you and your family! God is a comforter in the time of storm! May God bless you with a peace that surpasses all understanding!

    4. Caire Grigsby says:

      I feel the same joyfulness when it comes to my aunt who passed away in 2016. She knew Jesus and lived her life for him !

  5. Nina says:

    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!

  6. Mari says:

    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.

    1. Tina says:

      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

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