Today’s reading: Esther 4:1-17

Yesterday we looked at Mordecai’s thinking and actions in a crisis situation. But Esther 4 also gives us a look at how Esther processed and responded when she encountered crisis.

When Esther hears about the king’s order, she immediately considers the facts—Ahasuerus has issued a deadly edict, and there is a law in place that prohibits her from approaching the king. She then comes to the human conclusion that there isn’t anything she can do in this situation.

But Mordecai knows that God is in control and believes that Esther can impact the situation. So he boldly sends back the thought-provoking and challenging message that perhaps God has placed Esther in the palace for “such a time as this” (vs. 14). Mordecai’s message causes Esther to reassess the situation. With a changed perspective and her eyes on God, she steps up, just as Mordecai has done, to take what action she can in this dire situation.

What does the relationship between Mordecai and Esther demonstrate about the importance of having close relationships with other believers (especially in times of crisis)? How have you been helped by a Christian support system—mentors, friends, prayer partners, a Bible study group—when you’ve gone through trials and hardship? Tami

Source: Tami’s Blog