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Hard Truth

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

- Esther 4:13-14

This was Mordecai’s idea of a motivational speech. And it’s full of surprises.

One thing that stands out to us is Mordecai’s strong conviction that relief and deliverance would arise from another place if Esther didn’t act. Although the Jewish people were in exile in Persia, Mordecai was sure that the Lord would rescue them.

How do you think Mordecai’s conviction shaped his willingness to speak the hard truth to Esther?

Look at how Mordecai linked the providence of God with a call to action. Mordecai believed BOTH that God was at work AND that Esther needed to do something. God’s work didn’t preclude Esther’s work. In fact, it was God’s work to place and position Esther that even made it possible for Esther to have any impact on the outcome of this crisis. Seeing this link shaped the way Mordecai communicated with Esther during this tense time.

Where have you seen God positioning someone for a critical moment? How can you help someone you care about see God’s positioning hand at work in their life?

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