The Story behind the stories!


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“There will be no end of disrespect and discord.” (Esther 1:18)
Why is this story in the bible… are Esther and Mordecai examples for us?
Are we to ‘be like Esther and Mordecai’, are they the heroes of this story?
Or is it God’s way of showing that through the mess of history, he is still in charge.
There is something prophetic in these words of the officials.
There is in fact no end to disrespect and discord in our world.
The tensions between left and right, pro and anti, conservative and liberal.
I’m hearing how these divisions are dividing Jesus followers and churches too.
We live in a foreign kingdom, “as foreigner and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11).
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Discord, disrespect, division will continue, but Jesus is still in charge.
The lesson here is not ‘be like Esther and Mordecai’, but trust Jesus, trust God.
Esther and Mordecai did their best, maybe it was good and maybe not.
But our confidence isn’t in what we do but in what Jesus has done, is doing, and will do!
I need this encouragement as I see tensions flare in the church and in the world.
Lord, as Jesus followers we are all navigating our way through discord… it doesn’t seem to end. Thank you for this story, which reminds me that you are still in control.


  1. “Est-her had not revealed her nationality and family background”- At times I have had to be careful about what I revealed about myself – not the right time or place – yet other times I have needed to be more bold and trusting in bearing witness. Eventually Esther had to reveal her true identity -and with it she saved her people from disaster. God works underneath it all! And so He does in our lives – I need to listen to the Spirit’s leading! I need to listen to when I need to speak up and when to patiently wait. Help me Lord to be a catalyst for your kingdom!

  2. Being a servant of the King – both Esther and Mordecai were in a position of influence – Mordecai hearing of the plot and Esther approaching the king. God uses His people to serve Him for He is in control and His will be done. God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform then and still today for this is His world, His kingdom and He reigns also today.

    This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
    This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
    Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
    And earth and Heav’n be one.

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