Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 15 - Esther 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is Esther 8. 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 this chapter, Haman is dead and Esther has been reward and Mordecai took Haman's role as second in command to the king. However, exposing Haman's plan to kill all of the Jews, wasn't the end of Queen Esther's part...the law was still written that the Jews were to be executed. She once again had to present herself before the king and ask him to write a new law over-ruling the one Haman had written. And once again, the king received her and did as she asked.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We aren't able to look ahead and know what God is preparing us for. But God DEFINITELY has something special in mind. All things in Esther's life worked together for good, even when she couldn't see it. She was an orphan, raised by her cousin and yet, she became queen and saved an entire nation of people.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It's easy to think that tough, undesirable circumstances disqualify us from making a difference. Like, since we aren't perfect, since we don't have a perfect family life, since we don't have a perfect job, God could never use us. 
  • Esther probably had those same thoughts. And yet, God used all of her life experience to change the world. And the same is true for us. What could God be working for good in your life right now?