Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23 – Esther 1-5

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Esther 1-5. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
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The decisions we make have consequences. No matter how trivial or important they are, they all have consequences. It is always wise to make decisions when we are thinking calmly and with the right people around us. King Xerxes failed at this on two occasions today in our reading. The first is during a long feast and celebration the king was throwing. When his wife refused to parade herself before the guest, in anger the King did something he refused. The king turned to his trusted advisors and they encouraged him to make an example of the queen by banishing her.  

Having trusted advisors is important, but having the correct advisors is even more important. Xerxes listens to their ill advice and soon begins to regret his actions … “But after Xerxes’ anger had subsided, he began thinking about Vashti and what she had done and the decree he had made.” (Esther 2:1 NLT) Had he waited until he was no longer angry, he might have made a better decision.

Xerxes did not learn from his first mistake, and the second time and entire race of peoples lives are put on the line. Haman has a personal hate campaign against the Jews, and seeks to use his position
with the king to wipe them out. Without doing any research, without pausing to think through the ramifications, Xerxes gives the go ahead for Haman to carry out his terrible plot. Fortunately as we will see tomorrow God is in control, and Esther is in position for such a time as this.

What about you? Do you ever react before thinking things through? Do you allow your anger or your carelessness to get the best of you? Let Xerxes teach you an important lesson, surround yourself with people who will give you wise advice, and allow yourself some time to think before hitting send. 

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