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July 19, 2023
Daily Reading – Esther 1-4 / Acts 16:25-40
Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
What is your destiny? That might be considered a tough one for us to answer. Some might even say that it would depend a little bit on how old we are at the time we are asked that question. If you are getting up in years, you might say my destiny is to retire and enjoy what years of life I have left here on this earth. While, if you are a younger person, you might say you are not sure what your destiny in life is. You have not settled yet on a career. I do understand those answers, however it does not really answer the question. What is your density. Esther faced this dilemma and had to face her real destiny.
All the Jewish people had been condemned to die at Haman’s decree, by permission of the King. This left the King’s wife in a tough spot. She was a Jew, but the King did not know it. Now her cousin Mordecai who raised her, is asking her to go before the king and ask for this decree to be lifted. The first problem is, no one, not even the Queen is allowed to just go talk to the king without an invitation. If the King does not approve of your visit, you may be put to death. The second problem is, she will have to tell the King that she is also a Jew. Again, because of the decree, she could be put to death. Her cousin says this might be the reason God has you here at this time as queen. This might be your destiny. Still, Esther deals with the true destiny of us all. She said, “If I perish, I perish.” You see, we will all face this final destiny of death.
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
What you do here on earth is not truly your destiny. It is a calling. Your destiny is the same as everyone else. Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” That is the destiny we all face.
Are you prepared for that destiny?
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director