...for what God wants to do through you next?
September 7, 2017
Read: Esther 2
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Scripture- Esther 2:16-17- Esther was taken to King Xerxes at the royal palace in early winter[d]of the seventh year of his reign. And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti.
Observations- One of the interesting things about the Book of Esther is that God is never mentioned. The Lord is, of course, present behind the scenes in numerous details as the story unfolds, and Esther receives a position of honor from King Xerxes- only because she won the rose from the "Bachelor." Vashti refused to be objectified and suffered the consequences from a small minded king, but Esther was now in a position to have great influence for the people of God in exile.
Application- One thing I affirm a lot is that we can't have a better past and God wants to use every experience we have for His glory. Whatever our story is God wants to use it to make Jesus famous and to build up the Body of Christ. Esther had no clue what God was up to in her new role as queen, but it wasn't merely for her own comfort and convenience. God had something big in store for her, and God has something big in store for us as well.
Prayer- (by Hildegard of Bingen- female Christian leader in the middle ages- 1098-1179) God is the foundation for everything. This God undertakes, God gives. Such that nothing that is necessary for life is lacking. Now humankind needs a body that at all times honors and praises God. This body is supported in every way through the earth. Thus the earth glorifies the power of God. Amen.
"You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected." (Matthew 24:44),
P. S. - Obviously, we hope everyone is praying and preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on our region. This is an extremely large and dangerous storm. Some people have inquired about whether or not we will have services this Sunday. At this point in time I think it's too early to make such a decision, but we'll know a lot more later in the week and we'll communicate again on Friday. Be smart and stay safe.