Positioned for a Purpose

Esther received news from her relative, Mordecai, about the decree against her people that would result in the death of the Jews. Mordecai requested that Esther, as queen, go before the king to ask for a reversal of the situation. During that time, people could only go before the king if they were summoned, even the queen. For her to make the request and come before the king, it would put her life in jeopardy. The king would have to first extend the invitation for Esther to come into his court before she could even make a request. Mordecai didn’t see Esther’s situation in the same light. Esther saw the limitation of her situation, and Mordecai saw the opportunity. Esther had been placed in that position for a purpose, and Mordecai recognized that she was created for such a time as this…

Make a Move

God called Abram out of his current location to the place God was leading him. Abram’s father, Terah, started the journey toward the land of Canaan, but settled in Haran. Maybe the allure of that civilization seemed more appealing than moving forward to a new land. Yet, God’s promise to Abram was not limited by his “pitstop” in Haran. The surprising part of the story is that Abram left his homeland – the place where he had roots. He took his family and departed for a land where he had never been. Surely there was anxiety and uncertainty about going on an adventure without knowing what was ahead. Yet, God kept showing up on his journey to remind Abram that he was walking along the right path. Abram set out to follow God to find a blessing, but God blessed Abram as he journeyed. Abram had to move to take hold of God’s promise…

Provision on the Mountain of the Lord

Abraham could put his arm around the promise God had been faithful to provide. His son was an answer to prayer and the promise God had given Abraham and Sarah. Along the way, God wanted to see if Abraham’s heart was still in line with His heart. So, He sent him a test so significant that Abraham would have to make the decision if he trusted God with his greatest treasure, Isaac. Isaac began to wonder about the journey up the mountain as well. He knew they were going for a sacrifice but didn’t have an animal to sacrifice to God, as was customary in that day…

Incredible Promises for Bleak Circumstances

Scripture: “”I am God. I will bring you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I will rescue you from slavery. I will redeem you, intervening with great acts of judgment. I’ll take you as my own people and I’ll be God to you. You’ll know that I am God, your God who brings you out from

The Conflict of Worry and Peace

Scripture: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And