Thursday, January 22, 2015

Preparing Like Esther

READ Esther 1-2

As the ESV Study Bible says: “The book of Esther never mentions God’s name, yet God clearly orchestrated all of its events.” In these first two chapters we see the beginning of the story which takes place between the first return of the exiles from captivity and the time when Ezra and Nehemiah came back to Jerusalem. Esther’s uncle Mordecai was obviously a very old man for he had been among those taken into exile from Judah. Esther was born during the exile.

As I read these chapters, one thought occurred to me while thinking of what to say in this devotional. The scene is being set, the intrigue is building, God is clearly about to do something, but one thing stands out — we are not to the end of the story yet. And that’s exactly where we find ourselves today, isn’t it. We know that Jesus came, lived a perfectly sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, rose again on the third day and ascended to be with the Father. But not, the intrigue is building…the scene is being set…Jesus is going to return…but we are not to the end of the story yet.

So what do we do in the meantime? Just like Esther, we are to make ourselves ready for his return. Esther was over a year in preparation to make herself as beautiful as possible before meeting King Ahasuerus. We do not know how much time we have before we meet our Savior, whether through death or rapture. But we are to beautify ourselves through holy and righteous living for that day. Think of your opportunity in this life to adorn yourself with Christ-likeness because, “Beloved, we are God 's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)

Prayer: Father, help us to live in such a way that in the moment we see you we will not be ashamed but filled with ecstatic joy and meeting you face to face.

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