God is Sovereign

Description

Take comfort in the God's sovereignty; praise Him for His faithfulness.

Esther 1

Because Vashti refuses to dance for King Ahasuerus, she is removed as queen.

INSIGHT

In Ezra and Nehemiah, we learn how God watches over the Jews who return from captivity. Esther tells us how those who remain in exile—scattered through the East—are marvelously preserved. Though the name of God does not appear in the book, His hand is clearly manifest throughout. The significance of the "narrow escapes" cannot be dismissed as coincidental. Ahasuerus demands that his queen appear before the party. She refuses. The stage is now set for God´s miraculous plan of deliverance for His people.

PRAYER

Take comfort in the sovereignty of God, and praise Him for His faithfulness:

All the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts...
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness (Psalm 96:5-8, 11).

As you seek to keep your life free from sin, pray this confession to the Lord:

"For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,"
Says the Lord, your Redeemer (Isaiah 54:7-8).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither
shall anyone snatch them out of My hand" (John 10:27-28).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Greater commitment to the Lord
  • Specific Christian ministries
  • Your activities for the day

Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:

May the God of patience and comfort grant you to be
like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:5-6 ).

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