Esther knew how dire the situation was. She fasted with her people. Esther put her life on the line and went into the king’s presence to plead for the lives of her people. It could have been a death sentence for her.
When the king saw Esther standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. Esther 5:1
You know, God works in miraculous ways. God moved the king’s heart and the Jews were saved and God’s name was glorified. When your life seems grim, and it appears that your story has taken a terrible turn, remember your King has the last word. Go into the presence of the King of kings and plead your case. He will have favor upon you and answer your prayer.
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. — Psalm 34:8
What the Psalmist is inviting us to do is, experience God first-hand. David experienced God’s faithfulness throughout his life. God was his deliverer when he was being chased by his enemies, He was his Protector when he was in danger, He was his Provider in times of need. Above all, he knew God to be merciful when he fell from grace and sinned against God. The Psalmist wants us to know, there is a blessing for those who take refuge in God.
This God will take care of us until the end and give us eternal life when we put our faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
Have you gone a day without eating? Imagine not eating for a week. You will end up weak and ill. The same applies to our spiritual life; the Bible is food for our spiritual development. If we go too long without reading His word, we will feel spiritually weak and sick.
Why do we need the word? Jesus defeated the devil using the word of God. It is the sword of the spirit with which we can defeat the enemy. In times of trouble the Word of God is our stay. It is food for our soul and brings joy and drives out doubt. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. It is life and health to our bones. Jeremiah15:16, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”
God knows everything about you. He knows every thought you think. Before a word is on your tongue He knows it all. Psalm 139:4
Our Heavenly Father knows us so well. Isn’t it comforting to know that God loves us enough to know us. When you tell Him the deepest matters of your heart He is right there listening to you. Just when you’re struggling to get the words out, He knows exactly what you couldn’t quite say. Words may fail us. But He perfectly understands what we are going through. He looks past our words into our hearts. The deep hurts, the pain, the brokenness is known to Him. Would you trust Him with all the broken pieces of your life?
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
I want you to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. When you see someone naked, clothe him! Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood!
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord,
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.