Thursday, May 3
Today's reading: Esther 6:1-13
After enjoying one special dinner from Esther, on the eve of Esther's second feast for the king and Haman, the king is having difficulty sleeping.
"On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus" (vs. 1-2).
The first couple of verses of Esther 6 highlight for me the unique ways that God moves, communicates with and prompts us. Over the past several years, I've been experiencing something like King Ahasuerus did on this particular night--God wakes me up from time to time. And when those times happen, typically someone or something is on my mind that needs prayed for. What or who is on my mind doesn't always make complete sense to me at the time, but then the next day or perhaps a day or so later, it becomes clear why God woke me so I could pray. As much I enjoy my sleep (and I surely do), I'm happy to sleep less if it means hearing from and talking with God and praying for others.
What did this passage show you about God and some of the ways in which He chooses to communicate with, prompt and work through us? Have you ever sensed God rousing you from sleep? How did you respond? The next time you wake up in the night or have difficulty sleeping, I encourage you to talk with God and then respond to whatever He places on your heart. Tami
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