ESTHER: FROM WAITING TO WINNING { DAY 11 }

ESTHER: FROM WAITING TO WINNING { DAY 12 }

READ: Esther 9:1-19, ESV

“On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.” {Esther 9:1}

Welcome to the day the tables turn! Hang on to your bootstraps because things are about to get juicy. We’ve got a plot twist if I’ve ever seen one. In fact, it’s a series of them. Not only do the Jews say goodbye to persecution, the Bible explains it as them “getting the upper hand.” It’s a good day for God’s people!

Have you ever wondered why God allows the ‘bad guys’ to prevail? Sometimes it seems as though they have their way for days, years, even decades. It doesn’t seem right, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about God, His timing is always to our benefit- whether we realize it or not. His sense of justice is very different from ours; His sense of justice takes a wrong heart and makes it right. And when the human heart elects to remain evil, dire consequences are inevitable. Justice served God’s way is the only way to fight with a pure heart and clean hands.

We move on to hear why the battle turned and no one could stand against them:

“And all the nobles of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and the king’s administrators helped the Jews, because fear of Mordecai had seized them. Mordecai was prominent in the palace; his reputation spread throughout the provinces, and he became more and more powerful.”  { Esther 9:3-4 }

Yes, sister, you read that right! They prevailed because there was a fear of Mordecai. The same Mordecai who had a death threat to his name and endured ridicule, judgment and was anything but popular. This was, indeed, the same Mordecai that sat outside the King’s palace as the lowliest of them all. Once a nobody and now a man of honor and dignity.

Can I point something out to you that we all need to commit to memory?

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For the past five years, I’ve been saying, “God has me in a season of trusting Him more.” I think it’s time to accept it’s not a season, but a lifestyle. Following Christ requires complete trust. He will not allow us to be dependent on anyone or anything other than Him. Our destiny is dictated by our dependence.

I realize this is a bold statement I’m about to make, but I’m going to make it anyways: If we are not fully depending on Him, we are not fully walking out our destiny.

Mordecai had faith when he was persecuted when he was fearful when things looked bleak and hope was not in sight. He chose to trust God and in return, God chose to trust Him. Do you see the pattern? A lifestyle of trust, even when the odds were not in his favor. I’d be willing to bet there were times He didn’t understand what God was (or wasn’t) doing. That statement rings true for us. We don’t always know why we find ourselves in the circumstances we do, but one thing we do know is that He is in the circumstance with us. It’s in the waiting where He does His best work. When we step back and observe Mordecai from when we first meet him to now, what do we see?

A heart that remains steadfast. Hopeful. Full of grace. He overcame the very thing that overtook him for so long. His focus was on his God and his people, he never wavered.

What a lesson for us all: We obtain the right rewards when we do things for the right reasons. Pure motives yield pure rewards. Make no mistake, we reap what we sew. My prayer for us all is that we will reap the beautiful things we have poured into His kingdom, the things that no one sees. May we reap the selfless acts and heartfelt prayers, the times we turned the other cheek and the hurtful words we left unsaid. God honors us even when we aren’t worthy. He see’s every sacrifice and attempt at what is right. So don’t lose heart! Your blessings are on the way!

Believe it! Trust it! Live it!
REFLECT:
  • What do you do when you are waiting for God?
  • How can you “wait” differently for God to turn the tables in your situation?
  • What areas of your life needs more dependence on God?
PRAYER:

Lord, Open our eyes to see you in the waiting. Remind us that the more you test us, the more you trust us. Keep our eyes and hearts on you and your people so that we are always committed to doing the right things for the right reasons.

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Kristin Bonin
Kristin Bonin
Hello! I’m Kristin Bonin: wife, mom, friend, speaker and writer. My name means “follower of Christ” and that’s pretty much who I am. Aside from being a sweet tea drinkin’, front porch sittin’, warm weather lovin’, southern girl (yes, we really do leave the “g’s” off at the end of words), I am also highly skilled at driving my kids to their extra-curricular activities, warming up pre-made food and asking Siri for help with homework. In the middle of my crazy, I somehow manage to find my Jesus and have learned to chase after Him while I’m also chasing the kids. I am a mom of girls and wife to my husband Chris, who is an avid runner and pun master. If time wasn’t a factor, I could read all day long and I am particularly fond of the Bible. Studying it and applying it is my heart and joy. You can find more about me at kristinbonin.com.

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