Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 1 - Esther 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Esther 4. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In Esther chapter 4, we read of how Esther finds out about Haman's plot to annihilate the Jewish people.  The chapter begins with Mordecai, Esther's uncle, outside the castle gates, mourning the decree. Esther hears about her distraught uncle and sends her servants to check on him. They return with the news that Haman has set a date for all the Jewish people to be killed. AND in addition, that Mordecai believes that Esther can stop the plan and save her people. But Esther is scared...she could be killed for going before the king uninvited. But realizing there's no other way, she agrees.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Queen Esther was terrified when Mordecai asked her to go to the king regarding Haman's plot. Appearing uninvited before the king could be her death. She tried to convince herself and Mordecai that there had to be another way. But there wasn't. It was up to Esther. 
  • But Esther didn't do it alone. She asked her uncle to get all of the Jews together in her home town, and fast and pray for three days. She and her people would do the same. 
  • When we are faced with challenges that seem too big or too terrifying, isn't it comforting to know you're not alone? Esther needed to know she wasn't alone. She asked people to pray on her behalf. And they did. In the coming chapters we will read the result of this faithfulness.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • One of the most powerful verses in Esther is in this chapter, Esther 4:14 ...And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this. Have you ever felt that you were in a situation to take action? Maybe it was something big or small...how did you react? Did you step up or step away? The next time you find yourself in a situation that calls for action, remember...maybe you were created for such a time as this...and if you need extra strength, ask those around you to pray.