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Unexpected Legacy Day 19

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Scripture: Esther 7:3-4  Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.  For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.

Devotional:  In today’s passage, Esther humbly reveals herself as an Israelite, one who has been decreed to be annihilated.  Her choice of words shows her wisdom and her understanding that she is at the king’s mercy.  She never let her position of Queen cause her to have a sense of entitlement. 

Entitlement is something that we can easily fall prey to, often without even knowing it.  It’s easy to look around and see how people become corrupted with power, and it all starts with the seeds of entitlement being planted in a heart.  It’s easy to see in the lives of others, but sometimes more challenging to see in our own.

As we move up in the world, gain position, or simply have the opportunity to be blessed, we can come to expect it; to feel it’s our right; to believe we deserve it more than another, rather than seeing it for the gift it is. 

Reflect:

  • Examine your own propensity for entitlement. What privileges do you enjoy that you may hold on to as your “right”?
  • In what ways can entitlement corrupt you? How might you keep yourself from it?

Unexpected Legacy Day 18

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Scripture: Esther 5:1-3  On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.  When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”

Devotional:  Against the law of the land, Esther courageously seeks an audience with the King, risking her life to do so.

Fortunately, her risk paid off.  The king finds favor with her and desires to fulfill her request.  He offers her the generosity of up to half of his kingdom – unbelievable!! 

Can you imagine what must have gone through Esther’s mind in that moment?  Certainly her heart must have overflowed with praise and thanksgiving for God’s clear intervention.

What a great example of the power of prayer and fasting, and the power of God to work through the faithful actions of His most humble servants.

Reflect:

  • When’s the last time you were been willing to take a risk for the sake of God’s kingdom?
  • What may be standing in the way of you doing so now?

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