Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 20, 2016

“My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure … Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.”

Today’s devotion comes from Esther chapter 4.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Esther+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact amount of money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews.  He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict which had been issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show Esther and inform her, and to order her to go in to the king to implore his favor and to plead with him for her people.

Hathach came back and related Mordecai’s words to Esther.  10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai:  11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live.  And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.”  12 They related Esther’s words to Mordecai.

13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews.  14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me;  do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way.  And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law;  and if I perish, I perish.”  17 So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him.”  Esther 4:7-17.

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Esther attained royalty for such a time as this.

We too have been created, prepared, and caused to do the work God has for us to do.

As Esther, particularly at the beginning, we may not know what work that may be at all times.  We see that Esther first resisted interceding (verse 11), and even later when she decided to intercede she still had doubts:  “if I perish, I perish” (verse 16).  

But, we trust God, pray often and hard, maybe even fast, and go forward, trying to follow God.

Sometimes, we may plan and start out in a certain direction, but God will pull us back and lead us in another direction.  God is the One Who holds our hand and leads us.  

The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9.

23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.”  Psalm 37:23-24.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”  Psalm 32:8.

“Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.”  Isaiah 30:21.

Other doctrine trusts man’s alleged free-will and wisdom.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts God’s sovereignty.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’
;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it
.”   Isaiah 46:9-11.   


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