Lessons From Esther
I've been digging into Esther this week and have been so encouraged by the beautiful lessons from her life.
Although her life didn't start off beautifully.
She was orphaned. Her people were scattered and enslaved. And then at a young age, she was taken from the only family she knew - her uncle Mordecai - and placed in the king's harem, eventually to be crowned Queen.
Then, with the lives of her people in the balance due to the scheming of wicked Haman, she had to risk her life and enter the King's inner court uninvited to orchestrate, by God's wisdom, the redemption of her people.
I'm sure many of you are familiar with this story. And if you aren't, I'd encourage you to read it. Esther can be found in the Old Testament between Nehemiah and Job. And at only 10 chapters long it is a very manageable read if you are new to the Bible.
Here are a few of my takeaways:
1. We will all face a Haman in our life. Someone or something bent on destroying our purpose and robbing us of our Godly inheritance. We can expect it, and knowing that, not fear it.
2. The Haman's in our lives will not succeed. Even against seemingly insurmountable odds, our victory is secure in Christ. This is guaranteed.
3. We may not understand the season or position we are in, but we can by faith believe we are positioned here with purpose - a purpose that includes victory and making an impact on the lives of others.
4. Cover ourselves and our circumstances in prayer as the FIRST line of defence. It cannot be a second or third thought. Then, knowing our petitions are hear, we can move forward boldly.
What are some takeaways you've had after reading the story of Esther?