TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I’ve debated today’s post for over a week. Mostly because I have never endorsed a business before… But I have endorsed books and movies, so I’m going to do it. Today, I’m going to encourage my readers to visit my friend’s new business— The Esther Tea Company.
In a world that is growing more hostile to Christianity, my friend Tracey launched her new business this week and at the heart of it is a longing to point people to Jesus. Tea is just the vehicle by which she is doing it. And for her, it’s not about profits… but about the message. Her tea is meant to celebrate the life of Queen Esther and the lessons we learn from her — courage, selflessness, leadership, and conviction.
I’m going to wrap my part up now, but below are excerpts from the website…
Today, as you pray, pray for the Christian business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide them (including me, please!) to make decisions that are God-honoring and that they / we will stand on the authority of Scripture, and not fall to the pressures of man. Above all, pray that Christian-owned businesses will be a light for Jesus in this increasingly dark world.
Queen Esther’s story is about sacrifice, courage, and leadership in the face of adversity. It’s a story that has inspired countless men and women for over 2500 years.
But this is no fairy tale, and it wasn’t “happily ever after.” This was real life. The Book of Esther is a real story about real people, and Esther’s destiny was yet to be seen.
The Book of Esther shows a series of events full of evil. We see a defiant queen stripped of her title after refusing to be used. We see a young girl taken from her family and forced into a marriage with the King. We see hatred. We see pride. We see arrogance and betrayal. But we also see the truth of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” We see that God puts people in circumstances and places so His will can prevail. If Vashti had not defied the King, he would not have sought another wife. If Esther had not been chosen as queen, Mordecai would not have overheard the assassination plot…. If Mordecai had not been honored by the King, the King would not have known him or remembered him when Haman set out on his mission of murder. God is good all the time, and we learn from Esther’s act of courage important lessons for the hard seasons of our own lives – perhaps we too have been placed in our circumstances “for such a time as this.”
Esther’s story continues to inspire, and through her legacy, we are reminded that it’s not about our outward beauty but our willingness to be selfless… To serve others, even at personal cost. To be courageous and trust in the Lord for all things.
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