For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
There is a reason God has called me by name. Lord, grant me courage, strength, and wisdom as ai take a large step of faith in Your name.
Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
God will provide people in my life who will be attracted to me as friends in the appropriate season of life.
to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.
Speaking with love towards others rather than about fleeting beauty will yield better results in Godly relationships.
God says, “For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now…”//
May I never interpret God’s “inaction” as God’s inability.
And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.
When I rejoice in the Lord, may it be heard far, far away.
Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.
Lord, please remember the things I have done for Your kingdom.
Isaiah 42:13 The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.//
One day He will right every wrong and demonstrate His powerful sovereignty.
The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the musicians are also kept. “We will not neglect the house of our God.”
Why is it that people often think of tithing as a burden, rather than helping to take care of the house of God?
They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,
Part of faith and obedience is remembering what God has done for me and others in the past.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
In times of trouble and jubilation, the joy of the Lord must always be my strength.