Esther - Lesson Four - Day 6
- Thomas Klock Harvest Ministries
- 2008 8 Feb
1. As God builds our lives to become more what He wants them to be, we will face difficulties, even mourning and grief, and seemingly negative situations that make it seem like maybe He isn’t in control or has abandoned us. But we have seen that God is at work in our lives in even those things, and He often uses difficult situations to move us into the place He wants us to be to fulfill His plans. God won’t force you to make the right choice, as we saw this week, but when the time comes, He will give us the ability by His grace and His Spirit to make the appropriate choices.
What are some of the difficult situations that you have faced in your walk with the Lord? What has He taught you through your circumstances and trials? How has He moved you into the place He has desired you to get to so you can accomplish His will? How have the things we learned this week helped you through these times in your life?
2. Prayer and fasting are crucial in any decisions we face, before undertaking any actions for the Lord. What are some ways you have seen your prayer life increase and become more effective as you have walked with the Lord, or maybe we should ask has it done so? Have you had personal experiences with fasting in different ways? How did that go, and what did you learn? What are some ways you can increase both the quality and quantity of your prayer life, and implement fasting as well?
3. The main application for us in this passage revolves around Mordecai’s challenge to Esther, as to whether we personally would choose to realize that God had providentially put us into the experiences and place He has, for such a time as this!
God has always searched for an individual, not necessarily a group, to use to accomplish His plans in His timing, as seen in passages such as 2 Chronicles 16:9; Isaiah 59:15, 16; Jeremiah 5:1; and Ezekiel 22:30. Are you willing to make yourself available to the Lord to stand up and be counted, and to make a difference for God in the place and time He has placed you? You may feel incompetent, unready, or maybe even too much of a failure to make an impact for God and His Kingdom, but that isn’t true in His sight if you are His child. Charles Swindoll well pointed out that it isn’t until we believe we personally can make a difference and be willing to take the risk and go for it that we can be able to do so.[xi] Satan will try to do all he can to dissuade you from doing this, but you have to step out in faith in what you know is God’s plan for you, regardless of the cost. Keep in mind the following truths about what God has done in your life when you are discouraged in your service to Him:
You are not an accidental fluke of the universe. God specially created you as you are, placing you in the situation, time, and place that He knew would be the one for you to be “for such a time” you find yourself in
You may be a feeble tool in your own sight, but you are a tool in the hands of an Almighty God, a Master Worker, Who will accomplish His work through you
When you feel incompetent in view of others around you or see what God has accomplished in and through their lives, you must remember that you have a unique combination of gifts, personality, and experience that no-one else in this world has, no matter how talented and gifted others appear to you
You must take the step of faith to believe God’s will and Word, not listening to feelings or little nagging voices of the enemy or your flesh, that you are useless or too polluted to be used by God. “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean” (Acts 10:15, niv)
Please record your thoughts about these things here, share them with your group, then pray for one another that you would become the person Christ died and rose again for you to be, for such a time as this!
“The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrate to Him”—Henry Varley[xii]
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”—Thomas Edison[xiii]
Scripture Memory: Hopefully you now can write out this week’s passage completely by memory. Do so now, and keep on reviewing it so you will be ready to share it with others in your group time.
[i] Spiros Zodhiates, ed., The Complete Word Study Old Testament (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 1994), pp. 2313, 2334, 2335).
[ii] F.B. Huey, Jr., Esther. In F.E. Gaebelein, ed., The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Vol. 4 (Grand Rapids: Regency Reference Library, 1988), p. 815.
[iii] Spiros Zodhiates, ed., The Complete Word Study Old Testament, p. 2314.
[iv] Herbert Lockyer, All the Men of the Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958), p. 140.
[v] Spiros Zodhiates, ed., The Complete Word Study Old Testament, p. 2316.
[vi] Mervin Brenemen, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. In E. Ray Clenedon, ed., The New American Commentary Vol. 10 (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1993), p. 338.
[vii] F.B. Huey, Jr., Esther, p. 818.
[viii] Ibid., p. 818.
[ix] Spiros Zodhiates, ed., The Complete Word Study Old Testament, p. 2353.
[x] Some of these passages include 1 Samuel 1:7-10; 2 Samuel 12:16, 17; Ezra 8:23; Isaiah 58:2-5; Jeremiah 14:12; Daniel 9:3; Zechariah 7:3-5.
[xi] Charles R. Swindoll, Esther, A Woman of Strength and Dignity (Nashville: Word Publishing, 1997), p. 89.
[xii] From Robert J, Morgan, ed., Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations and Quotes (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000), p. 818.
[xiii] Ibid., p. 819.
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