Friday, May 13, 2016

In Times of Distress

                 In Times of Distress

                                      Esther 4:1-8

In a crisis situation, how would you say you typically respond? Do you become hysterical, pray, seek counsel, try to run away, or react in some other way? Why do you think you respond in this way? Have you had to make some decisions that required great courage, humility and trust? Esther, the queen of Persia, and her cousin, Mordecai are in an overwhelming crisis in their lives. They must make a life or death decision regarding the Jewish people in the land––along with Esther the queen.

Mordecai realized that his nationality had been publicly announced and this brought him tremendous grief. The Queen learned about the decree that had been published throughout the land and she became concerned for Mordecai in his time of mourning. There was a law against wearing sackcloth in the king’s gate which was not surprising in  light of the shallowness of spiritual life in the royal court. Esther sent clothes for Mordecai to put on but he, in his anguish and torment, refused them. The betrayal of the people was oppressive and too perplexing to bear. Mordecai knew that Esther was exposed too, and that she must go before the king to humbly beg for the lives of her people and herself.

Communication between Mordecai and Esther had to be done through mediators to protect her during this national crisis. Hathach, a trusted eunuch in the kings palace and one who attended to Queen Esther’s specific needs, had been given special instructions to help Mordecai. Hathach’s trustworthiness was significant and admirable, which made him a man of high moral character.

When you’re at a crossroads in your life and a crucial decision must be made, to whom do you look to for insight and help? All of us need someone we can trust during times of trouble. We know that there is only One who holds the highest reputation of having perfect wisdom, as well as being the most trustworthy friend, the Lord Himself.

Lord, in times of hardship and despair may I trust in You.

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