With our passage today, we come to the close of our time walking through the book of Esther. What should stand out today is the emphasis on “remembering.” Throughout the book, we have seen God’s faithfulness in protecting and delivering the people of Israel from the evil hand of Haman.
It was to be a special remembrance that would take place on 2 days in the same month in a year. This was to be a celebration of high importance, signifying the great deliverance of the people.
The way this should affect you is by discerning what your thankfulness could say about your love and dependence on God. When is the last time that you thanked God for answering prayer? For being with you in a difficult time? For giving you life? In all honesty, your love and dependence on God can be truly gauged not when you’re going through a crisis, but when you’re going through the mundane. Most people are desperate during a difficult time, but the reality is that we are just as dependent upon God when we feel we are in control as when we don’t feel we are in control.
So, if you find yourself in a pretty “normal” season right now, it is a great time to ask yourself some tough questions regarding your relationship with God. Are you thankful in all circumstances? Are you taking God’s grace for granted? When is the last time you wrote down the ways you have seen God’s faithfulness in the “mundane”? Take some time to reflect on these questions today.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate