Through the Bible, June 19

Reading: Esther 4-6

Summary: The drama further unfolds and Mordecai convinces Esther to take action on her people’s behalf.  Haman’s fool proof plan unravels in a matter of hours as he looses not only his powerful position but also his life.

Devotional Thought:

Silence Is Not Golden

Sure, there are times when silence is not only appropriate but very beneficial; a golden blessing.  But not always.

Mordecai urged Esther to not remain silent, but speak on behalf of her people (Esth. 4:14).  Her silence would have been a disgrace and tragic.  Our silence could be same.

Silence is tragic when…

  • the strong do not open their mouths on behalf of the weak (Prov. 31:9)
  • one’s given responsibility to watch do not warn of impending danger (Ezek. 33:7)
  • one generation fails to tell the next of the goodness of God (Psalm 78:3-4)
  • words of comfort and encouragement are kept from the discouraged and downcast (1 Thess. 4:18)
  • the gospel is not preached (Mark 16:15).

Mordecai further suggested that Esther was where she was for this very purpose.

It is true.  No matter where or with whom we are, something needs to be said.  Don’t be silent.

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