Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Suffering (Part 37)
Dangerous Times: Esther
Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews--young and old, women and children--on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods.
Esther 3:13 (NIV)
Before Hitler ordered the Holocaust, a genocide of the Jews in Europe, they faced the same sentence in Esther's day: the extermination of their people. But back then, the area was Persia: the most powerful nation in the world.
Dangerous times are like swells of darkness. Through the hard-hearted wickedness of men, greedy for gain and compelled by hatred, evil rolls ashore like dark tidal waves. They destroy everything in their paths. Until Jesus rules the earth in Person, cruel movements lurk in every sea on earth.
They wait on the apathy of the just, when the love of good men diminishes amidst their concerns of self-interest; when their hearts of mercy start to harden as they become judges calling out sins; when their worldly fears shadow godly faith, so they hunker down behind high church walls.
They barricade themselves against danger, singing songs of worship to each other. But the only Fortress destined to stand is Jesus Himself, and He's on the move. Because His Commission is like a boat, outward bound and headed to the rescue. Evil propels it, but cannot sink it.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: don't hide yourself from dangerous times. Instead, rise and shine in the darkness, like Esther did by risking her life. Who knows if God allowed media as the means to assist your movement? You're like the Coast Guard in roiling seas--looking for hands to grab and pull up.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.