The Esther Challenge: Joy
Esther is the only book of the Bible that does not mention God’s name. Don’t believe me, read Esther for yourself! Interestingly enough, there is no denying God’s presence in the book, and in Esther’s life. How do we know this? The life that Esther lived, the decisions she made, the way she carried herself, and her faith all reflected a God that she had a deep and personal relationship with. Her relationship with God was so infectious that those around her would surrender to Him, His will, and would pray with her even though they had never had a God Encounter.
Esther 2:10 tells us she kept her identity a secret, and vs 15 let’s us know that the King’s eunuchs knew that there was something special about her. Her relationship with God, her love for Him, radiated out of her and caused those in her presence to respect her, find favour with her, and reverence God.
Today from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, we will intentionally portray God’s Joy and create a Joyful environment without mentioning His name. Allow your actions, your language, your interactions with your co-workers, family and friends to reflect your very personal, intimate, and growing relationship with God. We live in a world where the mention of God’s name turns non-christians off, yet we are still expected to minister to these individuals and bring them to the cross. What better way to do this than to physically spread God’s joy through you to them. Incorporate how you are obedient to God’s law, how you are always joyful in every situation, as well as intentionally look for joyful moments although everything around you may be riddled with sorrow.
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Verses for Meditation
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the SpiritGalatians 5:25
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens mePhilippians 4:13
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.Psalms 16:11
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.Psalms 19:8
He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.Proverbs 16:20
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.Psalm 30:11
They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. Psalm 34:5
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.Psalm 126:5
Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord.Proverbs 8:32-33
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