June 26 – Esther 10
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 10 – The Greatness of Mordecai
10 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores. 2 And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
Used for Your Glory | Becky Newman
The book of Esther ends praising Mordecai for his character and work for the Jewish people, again without mention of God’s role in orchestrating all of this. Mordecai’s rise to position and authority in a land other than the Promised Land is reminiscent of both Joseph and Daniel. God is taking care of His chosen ones by placing these godly men in positions where they can protect and save. Just like God was looking for a man after His heart to be the king of Israel, which He found in David, He was also looking for a special type of person to elevate to these positions for the ultimate glory of God.
I believe that in Your planning process, in Your knitting together in the womb, You are designing men and women with characteristics and talents that You are planning to use in Your amazing orchestrations to glorify You. But we may not have discovered it yet. My eyes should be open for the discovery in me, in my husband, in my kids, and in my friends, so that I can praise You in it and encourage them. Mordecai did not set-out to be famous, but because he humbly followed You and let You work through him, You used him in big ways to show love to Your people by keeping Your promises.
The following You comes first, humbly. Only when I let You can You use me for Your glory. Help me to follow You well and keep my eyes open for how You are using those around me so I can be ready to encourage them.
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