Tuesday 10 June, 2014

Esther 8:1-8

8 That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther everything Haman had owned. Haman had been the enemy of the Jews. Esther had told the king that Mordecai was her cousin. So Mordecai came to see the king. 2 The king took his ring off. It had his royal seal on it. He had taken it back from Haman. Now he gave it to Mordecai. And Esther put Mordecai in charge of everything Haman had owned. 3 Esther made another appeal to the king. She fell at his feet and sobbed. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman, the Agagite. He had decided to kill the Jews. 4 The king reached out his gold rod toward Esther. She got up and stood in front of him. 5 “King Xerxes, I hope you will show me your favor,” she said. “I hope you will think that what I’m asking is the right thing to do. I hope you are pleased with me. If you are, and if it pleases you, let an order be written. Let it take the place of the messages Haman wrote. Haman was the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite. He planned to kill the Jews. He wrote orders to destroy us in all of your territories. 6 I couldn’t stand by and see the horrible trouble that would fall on my people! I couldn’t stand to see my family destroyed!” 7 King Xerxes gave a reply to Queen Esther and the Jew Mordecai. He said, “Haman attacked the Jews. So I’ve given Esther everything he owned. My men have stuck a pole through his dead body. And they’ve set it up where everyone can see it. 8 “Now write another order in my name. Do it for the benefit of the Jews. Do what seems best to you. Stamp the order with my royal seal. Nothing that is written in my name and stamped with my seal can ever be changed.”

I love the way God turns things around. Nothing is over till it’s over. It seemed Haman would win and Mordecai was a goner – But God!!! God intervened – as Queen Esther and Mordecai did what they could do then God did what only He could do and in verse 8 Mordecai and Queen Esther have the King’s ring and permission to change what seemed a certain tragedy for the Jews.

This same God loves me in the midst of situations where I face great difficulty. He invites me to

do what I can do and to be confident that He will do what only He can do – always bringing about His good purposes in my life – just as He did in Queen Esther’s life.

Lord – I repent again of thinking my difficulties are bigger than You. Help me walk forward in confident trust, speaking Your goodness over my circumstances and doing what I can do, expectantly knowing that You are going to act!

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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Monday 9 June, 2015

Esther 6:14-7:10

14 They were still talking with him when the king’s officials arrived. They hurried Haman away to the big dinner Esther had prepared. 7 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. 2 They were drinking wine on the second day. The king again asked, “What do you want, Queen Esther? I’ll give it to you. What do you want me to do for you? I’ll even give you up to half of my kingdom.” 3 Then Queen Esther answered, “King Xerxes, I hope you will show me your favor. I hope you will be pleased to let me live. That’s what I want. Please spare my people. That’s my appeal to you. 4 “My people and I have been sold to be destroyed. We’ve been sold to be killed and wiped out. Suppose we had only been sold as male and female slaves. Then I wouldn’t have said anything. That kind of suffering wouldn’t be a good enough reason to bother you.” 5 King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is the man who has dared to do such a thing? And where is he?” 6 Esther said, “The man hates us! He’s our enemy! He’s this evil Haman!” Then Haman was terrified in front of the king and queen. 7 The king got up. He was burning with anger. He left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman realized that the king had already decided what he was going to do to him. So he stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life. 8 The king returned from the palace garden to the dinner hall. Just then he saw Haman falling on the couch where Esther was lying. The king shouted, “Will he even rape the queen? Is he going to rape her while she’s right here with me in the palace?” As soon as the king finished speaking, his men covered Haman’s face. 9 Then Harbona said, “There’s a pole standing near Haman’s house. He has gotten it ready for Mordecai. Mordecai is the one who spoke up to help you. Haman had planned to have him put to death. He was going to have the pole stuck through his body. Then he was going to set it up at a place where it would be 75 feet above the ground.” Harbona was one of the officials who attended the king. The king said to his men, “Put Haman to death! Stick the pole through his body! Set it up where everyone can see it!” 10 So they did. And they used the pole Haman had gotten ready for Mordecai. Then the king’s anger calmed down.

How we weave our own traps!  Here we see Haman develop an elaborate trap to kill off the Jews, yet instead of snaring them he snares himself.  I wonder how often the traps I set for others are actually sprung on me.  I should remember the principle of life that God’s Word gives us, we reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7).  How often do I allow my anger to burn brightly and cause me to dream up various plans and schemes that sound fool-proof except for the fool called me.  I need to remember to forgive often, freely and that vengeance is mine – SAYS the LORD – and that for all my schemes and plans it is not for me to take vengeance!!

Father help me to forgive freely and not hold grudges or let the sun go down on my anger.

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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Sunday 8 June, 2014

Esther 6:1-13

6 That night the king couldn’t sleep. So he ordered the official records of his rule to be brought in. He ordered someone to read them to him. 2 It was written there that Mordecai had uncovered the plans of Bigthana and Teresh against the king. They had been two of the king’s officers who guarded the door of the royal palace. They had decided to kill King Xerxes. 3 “What great honor has Mordecai received for doing that?” the king asked. “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered. 4 The king asked, “Who is in the courtyard?” Haman had just entered the outer courtyard of the palace. He had come to speak to the king about putting Mordecai to death. He wanted to talk about putting Mordecai’s body up on the pole he had gotten ready for him. 5 The king’s attendants said to him, “Haman is standing in the courtyard.” “Bring him in,” the king ordered. 6 Haman entered. Then the king asked him, “What should be done for the man I want to honor?” Haman said to himself, “Is there anyone the king would rather honor than me?” 7 So he answered the king. He said, “Here is what you should do for the man you want to honor. 8 Have your servants get a royal robe you have worn. Have them bring a horse you have ridden on. Have a royal crest placed on its head. 9 Then give the robe and horse to one of your most noble princes. Let the robe be put on the man you want to honor. Let him be led on the horse through the city streets. Let people announce in front of him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor!’” 10 “Go right away,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe. Bring the horse. Do exactly what you have suggested. Do it for the Jew Mordecai. He’s sitting out there at the palace gate. Make sure you do everything you have suggested.” 11 So Haman got the robe and the horse. He put the robe on Mordecai. And he led him on horseback through the city streets. He walked along in front of him and announced, “This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor!” 12 After that, Mordecai returned to the palace gate. But Haman rushed home. He covered his head because he was very sad. 13 He told his wife Zeresh everything that had happened to him. He also told all of his friends. His advisers and his wife Zeresh spoke to him. They said, “Your fall from power started with Mordecai. He’s a Jew. So now you can’t stand up against him. You are going to be destroyed!”

God is good!! Here God worked through Mordecai’s enemy to bring blessing to Mordecai. Haman had a plan for harm for Mordecai. Instead God brought to the king’s memory something Mordecai had done in the past, which hadn’t been acknowledged or recognised. The king decided it was time to address that.

God has a plan but sometimes we have to be patient. His plans are about the long term. He sees so many things and sees them much more entwined than we can imagine and He needs to tweak things very delicately to bring His plans to fruition. But we can trust Him to do it. This is an example of why we can trust Him. You probably have an example of your own. We need to remember these examples to help us hold in there when His plan and His blessing seem to be taking too long to come to pass.

Thank you Lord that You are good, that You have a plan and that You are trustworthy. Help us to remember especially when the going gets tough.

Written by Therese Manning

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Saturday 7 June, 2014

Esther 5:1-14

5 On the third day Esther put her royal robes on. She stood in the inner courtyard of the palace. It was in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall. He was facing the entrance. 2 He saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard. He was pleased with her. So he reached out toward her the gold rod that was in his hand. Then Esther approached him. She touched the tip of the rod. 3 The king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What do you want? I’ll give it to you. I’ll even give you up to half of my kingdom.” 4 Esther replied, “King Xerxes, if it pleases you, come to a big dinner today. I’ve prepared it for you. Please have Haman come with you.” 5 “Bring Haman at once,” the king said to his servants. “Then we’ll do what Esther asks.” So the king and Haman went to the big dinner Esther had prepared. 6 As they were drinking wine, the king asked Esther the same question again. He said, “What do you want? I’ll give it to you. What do you want me to do for you? I’ll even give you up to half of my kingdom.” 7 Esther replied, “Here is what I want. Here is my appeal to you. 8 I hope you will show me your favor. I hope you will be pleased to give me what I want. And I hope you will be pleased to listen to my appeal. If you are, I’d like you and Haman to come tomorrow to the big dinner I’ll prepare for you. Then I’ll answer your question.” 9 That day Haman was happy. So he left the palace in a good mood. But then he saw Mordecai at the palace gate. He noticed that Mordecai didn’t stand up when he walked by. In fact, Mordecai didn’t have any respect for him at all. So he burned with anger against him. 10 But Haman was able to control himself. He went on home. Haman called his friends and his wife Zeresh together. 11 He bragged to them about how rich he was. He talked about how many sons he had. He spoke about all of the ways the king had honored him. He bragged about how the king had given him a higher position than any of the other nobles and officials had. 12 “And that’s not all!” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to come with the king to the big dinner she gave. Now she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. 13 “But even all of that doesn’t satisfy me. I won’t be satisfied as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the palace gate.” 14 Haman’s wife Zeresh and all of his friends spoke up. They said to him, “Get a pole. In the morning, ask the king to have Mordecai put to death. Have the pole stuck through his body. Set it up at a place where it will be 75 feet above the ground. Everyone will be able to see it there. Then go to the dinner with the king. Have a good time.” Haman was delighted with that suggestion. So he got the pole ready.

Esther puts on her royal robes – takes a deep breath and goes before the king without being called. She puts on 2 banquets for the king and also invites Haman. Haman is so buzzed that he alone has been invited along with the king that he can’t wait to get home and tell his wife and all his friends how wonderful he is! The only buzz-kill is Mordecai, who still won’t bow to him. And so another plan is hatched to kill Mordecai even sooner than the first plan.

I can’t imagine the fear and courage it took for Esther to present herself before the king – knowing it could be instant death. It’s one thing to wait for death to come – as had been decreed – it’s another to step into it in advance. Contrast for me is the picture of another King – Jesus – who we will all stand before – where I don’t have to wait in fear of a golden rod, & if I will find favour or not – but where I can come freely, in perfect confidence and peace of full acceptance, joy & freedom into the presence of the King.

Thank you Father for the courage & sacrifice of Jesus that now allows me to stand in your presence without fear, in perfect acceptance.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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Friday 6 June, 2014

Esther 4:1-17

4 Mordecai found out about everything that had been done. So he tore his clothes. He put on black clothes. He sat down in ashes. Then he went out into the city. He sobbed out loud. He cried bitter tears. 2 But he only went as far as the palace gate. That’s because no one who was dressed in black clothes was allowed to go through it. 3 All of the Jews were very sad. They didn’t eat anything. They sobbed and cried. Many of them put on black clothes. They were lying down in ashes. They did all of those things in every territory where the king’s order and law had been sent. 4 Esther’s eunuchs and female attendants came to her. They told her about Mordecai. So she became very troubled. She wanted him to take his black clothes off. So she sent him other clothes to wear. But he wouldn’t accept them. 5 Then Esther sent for Hathach. He was one of the king’s eunuchs. He had been appointed to take care of her. She ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai. She wanted to know why he was so upset. 6 So Hathach went out to see Mordecai. He was in the open area in front of the palace gate. 7 Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him. He told him about the exact amount of money Haman had promised to add to the royal treasures. He said Haman wanted it to be used to pay some men to destroy the Jews. 8 Mordecai also gave Hathach a copy of the order. It commanded people to wipe out the Jews. The order had been sent from Susa. Mordecai told Hathach to show the order to Esther. He wanted him to explain it to her. He told him to try and get her to go to the king. He wanted her to beg for mercy. He wanted her to make an appeal to the king for her people. 9 Hathach went back. He reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then Esther directed him to give an answer to Mordecai. She told him to say, 11 “There is a certain law that everyone knows about. All of the king’s officials know about it. The people in the royal territories know about it. It applies to any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner courtyard without being sent for. It says they must be put to death. But there is a way out. Suppose the king reaches out his gold rod toward them. Then their lives will be spared. But 30 days have gone by since the king sent for me.” 12 Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai. 13 Then he sent back an answer. He said, “You live in the king’s palace. But don’t think that just because you are there you will be the only Jew who will escape. 14 What if you don’t say anything at this time? Then help for the Jews will come from another place. But you and your family will die. Who knows? It’s possible that you became queen for a time just like this.” 15 Then Esther sent a reply to Mordecai. She said, 16 “Go. Gather together all of the Jews who are in Susa. And fast for my benefit. Don’t eat or drink anything for three days. Don’t do it night or day. I and my attendants will fast just as you do. Then I’ll go to the king. I’ll do it even though it’s against the law. And if I have to die, I’ll die.” 17 So Mordecai went away. He carried out all of Esther’s directions.

The Jews were in deep trouble. The date was set for their annihilation. Mordecai knew that Esther was their greatest hope. What Mordecai asked of her was scary; entering the Kings inner court uninvited usually meant death. Mordecai’s response to Esther’s reluctance is significant in three ways.

1. He tells her that she will not escape death as a Jew simply because she is queen.
2. If SHE does not stand up for her people then God will save them by another means.
3. He suggests that God made her queen for this very mission.

Being in a position of influence is challenging, and costly when God asks us to stick our neck out. But not accepting the mission God gives you has down sides too, God will still achieve His plans but you will not be part of it, you will miss out on the opportunity to glorify Him and serve your people. As Mordecai says, this is often not the safer option. You also might miss your destiny, the vital role God chose for you, prepared in advance for you to do. How sad. I think that the joy of knowing that I am doing what God requires of me uniquely, is precious, exciting and worth chasing after.
Esther made a plan, but she knew it would not succeed without support from God’s people through their prayer and fasting in preparation. She doesn’t go it alone. God doesn’t ask us to go it alone, but gives us people to stand with us.

Lord help me to be brave when you ask me to do the hard things. Use me and don’t let me pass up your missions for regrets. Remind me to ask for prayer support from my Christian friends, that we all may see your glory. Thank you.


Written by Dimity Milne

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Thursday 5 June, 2014

Esther 3:12-15

12 The king sent for the royal secretaries. It was the 13th day of the first month. The secretaries wrote down all of Haman’s orders. They wrote them down in the writing of each territory in the kingdom. They also wrote them in the language of each nation. The orders were sent to the royal officials. They were also sent to the governors of the territories. And they went out to the nobles of the nations. The orders were written in the name of King Xerxes himself. And they were stamped with his own royal seal. 13 They were carried by messengers. They were sent to all of the king’s territories. The orders commanded people to destroy, kill and wipe out all of the Jews. That included young people and old people alike. It included women and little children. All of the Jews were supposed to be killed on a single day. That day was the 13th day of the 12th month. It was the month of Adar. The orders also commanded people to take the goods that belonged to the Jews. 14 A copy of the order had to be sent out as law. It had to be sent to every territory in the kingdom. It had to be announced to the people of every nation. Then they would be ready for that day. 15 The king commanded the messengers to go out. So they did. The order was sent out from the safest place in Susa. Then the king and Haman sat down to drink wine. But the people in the city were bewildered.

Two men have come together with a plan their way to solve a perceived problem. One was a king, and the other, his adviser.

When the king sat down to drink after making a decree, he thought he had done well, but he did not really understand what he had done. The other also sat down to drink, and thought he had done well, and he knew exactly what he intended to do.

The second man Haman was insecure, and his wounded pride bought about a plan, that if successful, would bring an end to Gods people.

Haman’s life shows the horrible impact pride can have on a person. Any of us can be a victim of pride; however this is usually in a more subtle way. Haman’s life shows that pride poisons our attitudes and blinds us to our weaknesses.

People who are proud do not seek God, and God is in none of their thoughts. How can we prevent this pride? Only through being humble, and submitting everything to God.

We need to have God in all of our thoughts, make Him the centre of our lives, seek Him constantly, and remember that we are His servants. As we humble ourselves before God, He will help us maintain a balanced understanding of our gifts and talents, as well as our limits. He will remind us that we’ve received His blessings so that we might be a blessing.

Father, help me not to be guilty of the sins of Haman. I humble myself before You, because I owe You everything. Forgive me of pride. I dedicate my life to serving You. Thank you for blessing me, in Jesus’ name. Amen

Written by Cathy Croft

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Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Esther 3:7-11

7 The lot was cast in front of Haman. That was done to choose a day and a month. It was the 12th year that Xerxes was king. It was in the first month. That was the month of Nisan. The lot chose the 12th month. That was the month of Adar. The lot was also called pur. 8 Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “Certain people are scattered among the nations. They live in all of the territories in your kingdom. Their practices are different from the practices of all other people. They don’t obey your laws. It really isn’t good for you to put up with them. 9 “If it pleases you, give the order to destroy them. I’ll even add 375 tons of silver to the royal treasures. You can use it to pay the men who take care of the matter.” 10 So the king took his ring off his finger. The ring had his royal seal on it. He gave the ring to Haman. Haman was the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite. He was the enemy of the Jews. 11 “Keep the money,” the king said to Haman. “Do what you want to with those people.”

When Haman was enraged when Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, so he decided to kill not just Mordecai himself but the all the Jewish people of whole kingdom of Xerxes.

So, he persuaded King Xerxes by saying “There is a certain people …. do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them”, plus he would give ten thousand talents of silver to the King if the King allowed him to destroy the Jews.

King Xerxes was convinced by such big money from Haman and took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman, the enemy of the Jews and said Keep the money and do with the people as you please.”  (Actually, the money still went to King’s treasury later).

This sounds like a terrible disaster for the Jews. The Jews would be wiped out totally as the King only cared for his best interest, but not God’s. What could Jewish people do? What could Mordecai do to save his people?

The challenge of this passage to me is:

  1. Would I seek my own interest more than God’s interest?
  2. Do I care more for my own interest over God’s interest?
  3. Do I use unfair methods to convince others?

Dear Lord, thank you for saving me. You are the Kind of kings, Lord of lords. Everything is in your hand. Help me to care your interest more than anything else.   Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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Tuesday 3 June, 2014

Esther 3:1-6

3 After those events, King Xerxes honored Haman. Haman was the son of Hammedatha. He was from the family line of Agag. The king gave Haman a higher position than he had before. He gave him a seat of honor. It was higher than the positions any of the other nobles had. 2 All of the royal officials at the palace gate got down on their knees. They gave honor to Haman. That’s because the king had commanded them to do it. But Mordecai refused to get down on his knees. He wouldn’t give Haman any honor at all. 3 The royal officials at the palace gate asked Mordecai a question. They said, “Why don’t you obey the king’s command?” 4 Day after day they spoke to him. But he still refused to obey. So they told Haman about it. They wanted to see whether he would let Mordecai get away with what he was doing. Mordecai had told them he was a Jew. 5 Haman noticed that Mordecai wouldn’t get down on his knees. He wouldn’t give Haman any honor. So Haman burned with anger. 6 But he had found out who Mordecai’s people were. So he decided not to kill just Mordecai. He also looked for a way to destroy all of Mordecai’s people. They were Jews. He wanted to kill all of them everywhere in the kingdom of Xerxes.

King Xerxes had commanded that his servants bow before Haman as he was the highest ranking government official of the day. Bowing before Haman was a sign of respect and the custom. Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect. This action enraged Haman and he sought not only to punish Mordecai but all the Jewish people in King Xerxes Kingdom.

This Scripture encourages me to make a stand for what I believe. The imagery of Mordecai standing while everyone else bowed as expected is very powerful. It sure got him noticed! Modecai’s faith and conviction enabled him to defy the custom of the day. He would honour God by not bowing before a man and cop the consequences. Unfortunately those consequences extended to his fellow Jews.

It is the aim of the Christian to honour God by the way they live their life – just like Mordecai. There are times when we will stick out because our views are aligned with the word of God and not the popular culture of today. For this reason people will not only take a swipe at us but have a go at Christendom in general too. Mordecai never wavered. He never bowed. I’m encouraged to do like wise.

Dear God, please help me to be like Mordecai and make a stand for you. Help me to be true to you and not bow to the beliefs of our times. Let me trust you with the consequences, Amen

Written by Ainslie Woods

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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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Sunday 1 June, 2014

Esther 2:12-18

12 Each virgin had to complete 12 months of beauty care. They used oil of myrrh for six months. And they used perfume and make-up for the other six months. A virgin’s turn to go in to King Xerxes could come only after a full 12 months had passed. 13 And here is how she would go to the king. She would be given anything she wanted from the place where the virgins stayed. She could take it with her to the king’s palace. 14 In the evening she would go there. In the morning she would leave. Then she would go to the special place where the king’s concubines stayed. She would be put under the control of Shaashgaz. He was the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would never return to the king unless he was pleased with her. He had to send for her by name before she could go to him again. 15 Mordecai had adopted Esther. She had been the daughter of his uncle Abihail. Her turn came to go in to the king. She only asked for what Hegai suggested. He was the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the place where the virgins stayed. Everyone who saw Esther was pleased with her. 16 She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal house. It was now the tenth month. That was the month of Tebeth. It was the seventh year of the rule of Xerxes. 17 The king liked Esther more than he liked any of the other women. She pleased him more than any of the other virgins. So he put a royal crown on her head. He made her queen in Vashti’s place. 18 Then the king gave a big dinner. It was in honor of Esther. All of his nobles and officials were invited. He announced a holiday all through the territories he ruled over. He freely gave many gifts in keeping with his royal wealth.

Such a strange passage of scripture to me. The one thing that caused Esther to become Queen was her attractiveness and beauty. She rose to such a position of influence, based upon her beauty. But this is exactly what the King wanted – a beautiful Queen. God had purpose in Esther being so beautiful, such that she would one day become Queen. In the end, what caused Esther to become Queen was being unashamedly and completely herself – beautiful, attractive, graceful. Who knows, Esther may have had great looks, but not been the smartest kid going through school. But in the end, whatever Esther’s mix of strengths and weaknesses, God’s mind and call for her was clear – one day, Esther, I’ll make you Queen. And here we are, reading of this exact moment.

As I think about the implications of these observations, I realise that God loves all of me. He loves the look He’s given me, the characteristics of my personality, my strengths and my weaknesses. Thus, my application is…I need to love and accept being myself. And I need to realise that who I am is exactly who God wants to call, equip and transform for the exciting future He has planned. Esther stepped into the role of Queen because of who she was, not because she made some amazing, surprising, and spell-binding song and dance that surprised the King into choosing her.

Lord, I know I’m a work in progress. But I pray that you would give me the help of your Holy Spirit in continuing to understand what attitudes, beliefs and character traits I can unashamedly celebrate and live as the way you’ve made me to be, and what attitudes, beliefs and character flaws I must allow you to transform in order that one day soon I can unashamedly celebrate and live me in these areas of my life also. Amen

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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