May 16, 2021
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
There are many devices in a man's heart;
nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?
and His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
In the book of Esther, Queen Vashti refused to comply with her husband, the King of Persia, King Ahasuerus’ request. Outraged, he held a search for her replacement. The young, beautiful, and modest Esther was chosen to be the new Queen. However, Esther’s cousin and guardian Mordecai had instructed her to conceal the fact that she was a Jew, perhaps because Jews were not looked upon favorably by Persians. In fact, the name Esther means hidden one or secret.
When Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, King Ahasuerus’ appointed head over all of the princes in Persia, knowing that Mordecai was a Jew, Haman plotted to have not only Mordecai, but all the Jews in Persia killed. But God had a plan. You see Esther was not really chosen by King Ahasuerus, but by God. And Esther and Mordecai were not chosen to fulfil King Ahasuerus plans, but they were part of God’s bigger plan to save the Jews, from which Jesus would descend. Therefore, Queen Vashti was removed so that God could appoint Esther as Queen as part of His bigger plan for all mankind. And Mordecai- well Haman fell in the ditch he dug for Mordecai and Mordecai was elevated second only to King Ahasuerus.
When God has a plan, He will remove whoever needs to be removed to use you to achieve His plan. Like Esther, He may allow you to remain hidden or things to remain secret until He’s ready to reveal and elevate you. When God has a plan, He may send you on a completely different path than everyone else. When God has a plan, nothing and no one can stop it and when you are part of God’s plan nothing and no one can stop you. You are part of God’s bigger plan. All You have to do is stay faithful and trust Him.
Dear Father God,
Thank You Lord for allowing me to be a part of Your bigger plan. I am so unworthy, so undeserving and so humbled. I don’t know just how You’re going to use me Lord, but I know that You have a plan. Lord one thing that Esther did was she prayed and fasted and called all her people to pray and fast too because she trusted You that You were going to save her people and You did. Lord I ask that no matter what I’m faced with, that You give me a praying and fasting spirit and increase my faith even more. Lord I know that when You have a plan, I can’t even begin to imagine what You’re up to and I trust You with my whole heart.
In Jesus name I pray,
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