The book of Esther reads like a movie script, complete with a beautiful, courageous young girl (Esther), a fearless hero (Mordecai), and the dastardly villain (Haman). It’s a story of faith, bravery, suspense, betrayal and palace intrigue with a satisfying ending. How does Esther inspire us today?
Finding motivation for faith does not have to be a difficult task, because the Old Testament is full of individuals whose faith and actions were God-honoring and incredibly heroic. If we observe and study their lives we will find a treasure trove of faith strengthening tools and examples for our practical everyday use.
Glory is overrated! We glorify the oddest things. We praise uniqueness over integrity, honor.style over perseverance and extol boisterousness over sound reasoning. Glorifying God is a different story, though. How can we do that, even when things are at their worst?
Freedom of choice is very important to citizens of the United States. If God knows the end from the beginning as well as all our thoughts, do we still have real freedom of choice? Is there a difference between "freedom" and "license" to do something?