September 9, 2017
Read: Esther 4
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Scripture- Esther 4:14- If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
Observations- While at first she was reluctant to even consider helping with this huge crisis for all of the Jewish people of a threatened genocide (it wasn't the first time and it would hardly be the last!), Esther was won over by Mordecai with this famous verse from God's Word..."who knows...?" She knows her own death may be imminent, but she steps into the danger with a commitment to prayer and fasting to seek God.
Application- What is your unique "who knows" reality? How has God gifted you, positioned you, trained, you, and blessed you to love and serve Him and others? What experiences do you have- good, bad, and even ugly- that God refuses to waste, but instead will use for His glory? Who knows if perhaps you were precisely who you are by our amazing God for just such a time as this?
Prayer-Thank You, God, for Who You are and for Your many rich blessings in my life. I am grateful for mentors and friends- people like Mordecai- who have called out the best in me that I couldn't even see in myself. Use my gifts, position, training, and all of my experiences for this time in this place for Your glory, in Jesus' name. Amen.
"So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. 'Save me, Lord!' he shouted." (Matthew 14:29-30) Through all of life's storms we keep our eyes on Jesus, not the strong wind and the waves!
P. S. - Because of Hurricane Irma’s intense threat we are cancelling all of our Sunday worship services for September 10 at our main campus and in Dover. While we don't yet know precisely how the category 5 Hurricane Irma will affect the greater Brandon area, we do know that everywhere it has been was devastated. It looks, however, like we can anticipate some pretty rough storms ahead. Let’s give God our fears and worries and keep praying for everyone who is in harm’s way. Remember that we don’t just “go to church;” rather we are Jesus’ church. Check on one another. Love your neighbors. Be Jesus for your community in whatever way presents itself.