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Friday, April, 17
Bible Text: Esther 8:3-8, 16-17
RBT Passage: 1 Kings 21-22
“In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.’ – Esther 8:17, NIV
Nothing is more devastating than news of impending calamity. The initial edict initiated by Haman had put the Jews in a state of mourning, gloom and sorrow. Life had no meaning anymore for them and they were only waiting for the time when their enemies and the armies of Persia would swoop on them as the eagle on its prey.
Nevertheless, after three days of fasting and praying, the humble plea of Esther for her people (v. 5 and 6) changed the whole story. Since the decree earlier issued could not be revoked, the king gave approval for a new decree empowering the Jews to defend themselves, and annihilate any attacker including the armed forces of any nationality that might rise against them and plunder their properties. The mourning of the Jews was turned into celebration and many from other nationalities began to identify with them.
What challenges are you facing as a believer in Christ? Turn to God for help and act humbly according to His leading. You will sing the songs of victory for He will not allow anyone who trusts in Him to be put to shame.
It is never too late for God to act when we trust Him.
Prayer: Lord, do in my life a miracle that will make my enemies identify with me.
Source: The Nigerian Baptist Convention