Saturday, April 22, 2017

Esther 10

Today's reading in our daily plan is Esther 10. 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?)
  • Esther ends with just a few short verses in chapter 10. But in its briefness, chapter 10 states the legacy of Mordecai. Throughout the book of Esther, Mordecai was faced with choices, a choice to stay quiet or to speak up. Speaking up could've (it almost did) killed him. But he continued to choose courageously and made decisions with integrity. And it led him to have great influence and forever have a mark on history.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Mordecai was truly great, and his greatness gave him opportunities of doing the more good. He did not disown his people, the Jews, he did not seek his own wealth, but the welfare of his people.
  • We all have power to do good, or to cause hurt. From Mordecai, we see how important the wise use of our influence is.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Who do you have influence over? Are you using it for good or harm? Maybe you see that co-workers follow your lead. Where are you leading them? To a better working relationship or to the detriment of someone else? Maybe your influence is within your family or group of friends.  How are you using it? To make your family or circle of friends stronger or to tear it apart? This week, as you look at the relationships you have influence in, use that influence to do good. If you're struggling, pray that you will have the strength and courage like Mordecai to always use your influence for good.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that reviews and summarizes the book of Esther: