Topic: Hope Alive [Friday May 20, 2016]

Text: Esther 10:1-3

Key Verse: “For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed” (Esther 10:3).

There is a beautiful saying amongst the Irish peasantry to inspire hope under adverse circumstances: “Remember, ” they say, “that the darkest hour of all is the hour before day. ” Of a truth, (according to another popular saying), “the end justifies the means”.

What a soothing summary have here today about the life and times of the once hated, haunted and troubled man – Mordecai – who transcended from grass to grace, hate to honour and death threats to the throne. A contrast to his former humiliation at the door of the palace and the ignominious death for which at one time he seemed destined.

The story of Mordecai goes down in history as a heartwarming reality for believers, who may be facing similar hatred at various levels and degrees. Mordecai’s strength originated from his faith in God; hence, his unwavering commitment to his personal convictions even in moments of Haman’s threats. He did not allow society form or change his principles. His eventual future was determined by God using the same Haman as executor of His divine plan. We see here the grand plan of God to preserve His people, the seedline of Abraham, as proof of His faithfulness to His promises.

Don’t allow the present damage, challenges, sleepless nights or tears dampen your confidence in God’s unfailing promises concerning your future. A song writer says, “It’s always darkest before the dawn…” The summation of your life’s story is not in what happened yesterday or today but what God has planned for your tomorrow.

Thought for the day: There is always hope, even in the worst of circumstances.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Samuel 1-2

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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