Purim Established – this is the name of the celebration that results from God using Esther and Mordecai and the prayers of the believers, in saving the Jewish people in the 4th Century BC. The story of Esther occurs in ancient Persia – a nation of 127 lands (countries) in those days. What an incredible story of the power of prayer, courage, sacrifice and wisdom.
I so love the story of Esther and have enjoyed reading peoples’ reflections of it through the Daily Digest.
What this story reminds me, loud and clear “GOD IS IN CONTROL”. No matter how bad it gets, God has the final word.
Mordecai recorded these events (journaling, wrote a book), he sent letters (facebook, Instagram,..) of the success and establishes a Celebration as a result. This celebration still continues today for the Jewish people.
What can we do today? I believe God wants us all to share our stories of when God has come through. Maybe it was financial, maybe it was a meeting of a key person, maybe it was a revelation from the word of God, maybe it was an answered prayer. We need to learn to celebrate and commemorate where God comes through. Create traditions and tell the stories to your children, grandchildren of Your God who answers prayer. When we share the stories of our past and current God encounters, God comes to bring about new encounters and miracles in our future and in the generations to come.
Lord Jesus help me to establish celebrations whereby my family remember how good you are. Help me to always remember what you have done and what you promise to do. That you ultimately have the final word. Amen.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta