Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “Later when the anger of King Xerxes had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her.” (Esther 2:1)
Passage: Psalm 91:1-16
God is always at work in this world. His hand can be seen throughout history. In 483 B.C., Xerxes I set out to conquer Greece and expand the Persian kingdom. When he arrived, he was encountered by a group of people who valued freedom and were willing to give their lives to preserve it. The Greeks were outnumbered and underequipped with military might compared to the mighty Persians. By the looks of things, the Persians should have conquered Greece with relative ease. They didn’t and after three years, Xerxes returned to Persian a beaten king.
The failed mission to Greece set in motion many things. One was that Greece survived with her system of independent states that inspired the value of political freedom in the world. Another was the preservation and prosperity of the Jewish people. When Xerxes returned, he desired the comfort of having a Queen, but he had removed Vashti. That impetuous decision and the Greek failure ultimately led to the elevation of Esther. God’s hand was at work in it all. His hand is always working today as well. It’s safe to put your trust in Him.
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