Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, August 21 2022



Text: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

Comment: The story in the book of Esther is a clear example of how people of God could themselves in distressing situations because of their service to God. We should not be dismayed, God will come to our rescue. Mordecai found himself under the wicked radar of Haman because he refused to bow the knees before him because he knew the commandments of God. Since Mordecai did not bow the knee, Haman conspired to destroy not only Mordecai but all the Jews. Esther was then called to a historic duty for her nation. She was the only One who had the privilege to go to the king and prevent calamity from being visited on her and her people. The law provided that:  whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, without being called, he would be put to death. Since she had not been called, she had to go uninvited, after a period of collective fasting and prayers, she, her staff and the Jews. – Esther 3; 4, 5.

Not only was Mordecai exalted and promoted for what he did for the king, the lives of the Jews were spared and Haman was hanged in gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. – Esther 7:10.