Monday 2 June, 2014

Esther 2:19-23

19 The virgins were gathered together a second time. At that time Mordecai was sitting at the palace gate. 20 Esther had kept her family history a secret. She hadn’t told anyone who her people were. Mordecai had told her not to. She continued to follow his directions. That’s what she had always done when he was bringing her up. 21 Bigthana and Teresh were two of the king’s officers. They guarded the door of the royal palace. They became angry with King Xerxes. So they decided to kill him. They made their evil plans while Mordecai was sitting at the palace gate. 22 So he found out about it. And he told Queen Esther. Then she reported it to the king. She told him that Mordecai had uncovered the plans against him. 23 Some people checked Esther’s report. And they found out it was true. So the two officials were put to death. Then poles were stuck through them. They were set up where people could see them. All of that was written in the official records. It was written down while the king was watching.

I love it when the Bible seems to labour a point. It’s like there is a tiny treasure that needs to be found and not overlooked.

The second half of v20 says,

“She was still following Mordecai’s directions, just as she did when she lived in his home.”

As I get older am I maintaining a teachable heart? Am I following the wise advice given to me by those who have gone before me? Am I seeking out wise people who can lead me in the next phase of life? Do I practice the humility to seek out wise and Godly people even if they are younger than me? Can it be said of my life that, like Esther, he is “still following” Godly “directions”?

Thank you so much Lord, for the wise people you have placed in my life. Please grow my character and humility to seek them out and follow their advice. Amen

Written by Boudy van Noppen

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