Relief. Just the word conjures up powerful memories for many of us where God has come to our rescue as we thought we could not make it one more day, one more moment. "Relief" usually coincides with a tidal wave of emotion.
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!
Don’t you just love a good rags to riches story? Hollywood knows such stories captivate our minds and stir our hearts. Books are full of such subject matter. Even our news shows love to highlight such stories.
Have you ever felt stuck in a season of asking God for something that seemed impossible and out of reach?
Sometimes we have a hard time making our needs known because we are not ready to admit there is a problem. When it comes to our prayerful petitions, it’s easy to miss God’s will because we are blinded by our own.
How I relate to the words ‘could not sleep.’ I’ve had to learn the hard way that my body can no longer take late night caffeine, sugar or any kind of evening snacking that will trigger heartburn. Otherwise, my night of rest and renewal turns into a restless night of regret and remorse. Please tell me you understand my pain.
How often does our fear cripple us from seeing God’s bigger picture? Division and fear…. some of the enemy’s greatest tools against us.
It cripples us. It steals our joy. It binds us in the “what if’s.” It holds us captive to the potential for hurt, devastation, and loss. It keeps us shaking our fists in frustration.
Have you ever found yourself in a sticky situation? With information that could change attitudes? Alter lives? Mordecai, in this sub-story within the greater story of Esther, certainly found himself in one.
Once upon a time, an elite group of the most beautiful women in all the land were chosen to meet the man of their dreams (who just so happens to be a king). Unfortunately, they all met him at the same time….
There is one rule and one rule only at this party, everyone drink as much as you want! King Xerxes knows how to through a royal shindig, keep the alcohol flowing. And absolutely no restrictions. I don't imagine this party issued drink tickets. This was a preplanned splendid affair with an unlimited budget and a party planning king on a mission to flaunt his royal wealth and authority. No lavished detail was left out.
Are there places you believe God simply can't be found?
He can't meet us in our mess, He's too holy. He can't find us in our sin, He's too righteous.
In one of the most powerful empires in all of the world and during the reign of King Xerxes the evilest king in all the world, living smack dab in the middle were God's chosen people. We know that Cyrus the Great had issued an edict earlier allowing the Jews to return to Isreal.