Hopelessness vs Optimism …

Today’s Readings: Esther 10 & 1 Corinthians 13:6

Light and dark; good and bad; dark and evil; all extreme contrasts and all aspects of what it means to live in a world of contrasts to what we read in scripture (not just in today’s reading), but of what we know to be of God’s intention for his creation …..

If you have been following our blogs over the past weeks as we have read through the book of Esther, it is obvious that the name of God is never mentioned. It is a silence that SHOULD challenge us to ask the question about the absence of God, BUT in this closing chapter, what we are reminded of is a culmination that what has preceded is not about a God who has been silent, but rather about a God who has NEVER been absent!

‘Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes … and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews BECAUSE he worked for the GOOD of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.’   Esther 10:3

It is easy to be dismissive of what it means to live by faith … easy to gloss over and be dismissive of the implications of what this means for each one of us as part of God’s BIG plan for mankind … and easy to be dismissive in light of the cross!

BUT ….

Put your name, as we’ve been challenged to do so over the past 2 days by Connie & Iris into the simple but complex sentence of scripture; today being 1 Corinthians 13:6.

‘Love does NOT delight in evil but rejoices with the TRUTH.’ Vs 6

How does this ring true for you?

What do you personally DELIGHT in that which brings GLORY to God?

How do you LOVE in a way that brings joy to God, and not to personal self-gratification?

For Mordecai, as he deeply loved and cared for Esther, we see a heart that beats for truth; truth that could only be found in hope; hope found only in a God who irrespective of circumstances, is ABLE to fulfil his promises.

Christ’s ‘I AM’ statements throughout John’s gospel may appear to be statements of glossy hope, but for those whose HOPE rests only in Christ, they are powerful statements of life eternal; no more so than as we read about how love rejoices in TRUTH.

‘Jesus answered; I am the way and the TRUTH, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ John 14:6

In a world where there is an increasing level of competition to achieve a marketing edge; in a world where there is an attempt to minutely dissect the understanding and implications of truth, I AM gives us the answers ….

LOVE (found only in Christ)) give us the answer … love does not DELIGHT in evil but REJOICES with the truth …. (truth of life eternal found ONLY in Christ) … yes, maybe like me you need to be reminded again, and again, and again!

KD

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2 thoughts on “Hopelessness vs Optimism …

  1. Thank you Karen for reminding me again too. You wrote of Mordecai, “we see a heart that beats for truth; truth that could only be found in hope.” The hope based in our faithful Lord. From Romans 8:24-25 For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees? But if we hope for that which we don’t see, we wait for it with patience. Suddenly makes more sense today!

  2. Thank you Karen. Throughout the book of Esther we have seen God at work. We must remember that even when this world is in the hands of evil people (ISIS, Hitler ,Stalin) that God is still in control. We need never despair God is in control. Satan is on a leash tied to the cross. Always do what you know is the right thing to do regardless of the cost and what others may say in the little things as much as the big things). At the checkout the other day I asked for $100 cash out. The young girl gave me $200. CHOICE POINT!!!!

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