June 19 – Esther 5:9-14
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In June, we’re reading the books of Esther and Ruth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Esther 5:9-14 – Haman’s Rage Against Mordecai
9 Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home.
Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife, 11 Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials. 12 “And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. 13 But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.”
14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself.” This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up.
Satisfaction is Found in You | Becky Newman
Today’s reading is about the godless man Haman. He boasts in his riches, his prestige, his position, his own glory, but says he’s still not satisfied. At this point, he doesn’t know Esther is a Jew, nor Mordecai’s cousin, so she is not an object of his hate. Haman has seemingly gained the whole world but forfeited his soul (Luke 9:25). When your happiness and satisfaction depend on the world, you’re always left dissatisfied.
When your happiness and satisfaction depend on God, true satisfaction is found. This is fullness of life, and it has to be a daily choice of joy in God. My sinful tendency is to be like Haman — always finding something to gripe about. If I rely on the responses of sinful people to determine my happy, it will be impossible to find joy in the journey. If I rely on God, He will give me eyes and ears to find joy everywhere, and, thus, He will be the King of my attitude.
Lord, I know true satisfaction is found only in You. Help me to work on this area. Nudge me when negativity is creeping in and help me choose joy instead.
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