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Unexpected Legacy Day 15

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Scripture: Esther 2:15-18  When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her.  She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.  And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.

Devotional:  This week’s devotions will center around the story of Esther and how God used her to rescue the people of Israel from annihilation.  Esther, an orphan, had been taken in by her cousin Mordecai, a devout follower of God.  And by God’s providence, she became Queen of Persia. 

Xerxes, the King of Persia at the time, was unaware of Esther’s Jewish heritage. But he was enthralled by her beauty and grace, and because she had humbly submitted to the wisdom of Hegai, the king’s eunuch who had been training her, she found favor with the King and was chosen to become his queen.

It was a great honor, but one that would come with great responsibility.  Tune in tomorrow….

Reflect:

  • Though Esther had humble beginnings, she found herself rising to a place beyond what she could ever have imagined. Have ever you experienced being in a place of blessing beyond what you could have imagined?  How have you responded to that blessing?
  • Aside from God’s providence, what actions of Esther contributed to her finding favor with the king? What can you learn and apply from Esther’s  story?

Unexpected Legacy Day 14

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Scripture: Matthew 17:20  He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Devotional:  Though it comes from the New Testament, today’s passage is a good summary of the story of Zerubbabel that we’ve looked at all week. 

Faith moves mountains.

Even the smallest of faith can be used by God to do unbelievable things.  So be encouraged.  Whether big or small, your faith is significant!

Reflect:

  • What are you currently doing to grow your faith?
  • How might you take next steps to do so?

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