Ever felt a out of your comfort zone? As moms and grandmoms, there are times when we can feel a little overwhelmed. For the next few weeks I want to provide a few inspiring devotionals for moms, as you serve in the hardest job you ever loved. Here’s a Mother’s Day devotional from the book of Esther.
“Appearances can be deceptive. The fact that we cannot see what God is doing does not mean that he is doing nothing.”
Key Scripture Esther 4:13 – 16: ‘Don’t think for a moment that you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed.
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?”
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “God and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then though it is against the law; I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I am willing to die.”
Devotional: God placed Esther in a place of honor; a long way from her humble beginnings as a young Jewish girl. She held the title of queen, living in a Persian palace. Little did she know that God had an even bigger plan for her life. After a decree to destroy the Jews was unwittingly signed by the king, she had to step out of her comfort zone and into unknown territory. One thing was for sure, she knew she must depend on God. As she began her walk of faith, she asked for her people to fast and pray. She didn’t rely on the comfort of her position, but rather the comfort of God’s sovereignty.
It would be nice if we could live in a comfy, safe situation with all of our ducks neatly in a row. Unfortunately that’s not always how life plays out. It may be a stretching experience like being asked to serve in a leadership capacity or it could be a stretching experience due to injury or tragedy. Whatever takes us out of our comfort zone, takes us to the throne of grace. We can learn a lesson from Esther: Trust in God’s sovereignty, pray for His help, and make a wise plan of action.
Prayer for Moms:
Sovereign Lord, praise you that you have plans that are far bigger than I can see. I trust you and know that you are working in ways that are beyond me. Thank you that no matter what I go through, you are with me. No matter where I am, you are there. In the nice, comfy times and in the stretching, scary times I know you will never leave me. Please grant me strength and wisdom for the path you want me to take. In Jesus Name, Amen.
“God’s ways are behind the scenes, but he moves all the scenes which he is behind.” – John Nelson Darby
This devotional is from my book, “The Power of a Positive Mom Devotional and Journal.”