December 17 – And You May Not Know

“And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14b (NASB)

God’s plans are perfect in every way. In the Bible God says, “my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 There are times in God’s plan that we don’t know about. In Proverbs 4:6 God promises he “will make straight our path.”  But of its purpose we do not always know. Queen Esther was in just such a situation. Chosen by God through the King of Persia to be his queen, for a time that was very important to the Jews. Hatred for the Jews was stirred up by an evil man named Haman who held a high position in the courts of Persian King Ahasuerus. Haman hatched a plot to exterminate all Jews in the land using a new Persian law. Esther was in a unique position to do something to thwart this evil plan. For in this plot all of God’s unconditional covenant promises to Abraham (Genesis 17:1–8) and to David (2 Samuel 7:8–16) were jeopardized. Mordecai, Esther’s cousin informs her it is God who placed her where He could use her to save the Jewish people. She used her position to get a new law permitting the Jews to defend themselves.

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