From Handbook to Scripture, Day 135
READING: ESTHER 8
Yet another irony in this book is the fact that Mordecai was given the house of Haman, the deceased enemy of the Jews. Esther sought to reverse the decree that Haman had deceitfully carried out in the name of the king. Since the former decree could not be revoked, the king granted Esther and Mordecai the right to issue another royal decree that would counteract the decree engineered by Haman. They acted quickly and arranged for the new decree to be carried throughout the provinces of the empire, which permitted the Jews to avenge themselves on those who would assault them. Because of this, “For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.”
Prayer: Lord, You hear the prayers of those who cry out to You and honor those who seek to honor You. In Your sovereignty, You even use the evil counsels of men to accomplish You will, and nothing can thwart Your loving purposes for Your people.
Meditation passage: verse 16
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Being Stewards of His Grace
I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of Your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
Keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)
All a man’s ways are right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts. (Proverbs 21:2)
Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord, and thank Him for His forgiveness.
As each of us has received a gift, we should use it to serve others, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)
I want to be worthy of respect, not double-tongued, not addicted to wine, not fond of dishonest gain, but holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. (1 Timothy 3:8–9)
Lord, I praise You. You are holy. Jesus is the source of eternal salvation, and I thank You that You have saved me by grace through faith. I ask that I would be a faithful steward of the gifts You have given me.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Perfections of God
The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! Who will not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed. (Revelation 15:3–4)
Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, because His judgments are true and righteous. (Revelation 19:1–2)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Self Correctly
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)