“On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them. 2 The Jews assembled in their cities in all the provinces of King Xerxes to attack those determined to destroy them. No one could stand against them, because the people of all the other nationalities were afraid of them. 3 And all the nobles of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and the king’s administrators helped the Jews, because fear of Mordecai had seized them. 4 Mordecai was prominent in the palace; his reputation spread throughout the provinces, and he became more and more powerful.” NIV
Today’s thought is a ‘second helping’ of yesterday’s. But it turns out we have even more in the ‘bowl’ than we did the day before. Again observe that the unchanging God is able to change what appear to be unchangeable situations.
From time to time in history, God turns the tables for his people. This is one such example. But these deliverances are at best partial and temporary. They point us forward to the great day of ultimate victory. They are foretaste of what is to come. Writing about how this works out in the book of Revelation, Dr. Leon Morris says,
‘Christians here and now may be a depressed, downtrodden minority, to all outward appearance completely insignificant. Yet they belong to the mighty Conqueror who has won a triumph over all His foes, and a triumph which will in due course be made visible to all the earth. And when that day comes they will share in the triumph. Already they are in fellowship with Him, and they may know the victory in themselves. But when they have endured to the end, the results of that victory will be obvious to all, and those who are now humiliated will receive the various good gifts that we have noted from the hand of the Highest of all…the forces of evil are mighty, but the Lord God omnipotent is mightier still. The Seer sees with crystal clarity that those who persecute are far from having the last word. Their fate is to be utterly destroyed. Even in the midst of trial he can exult in the final triumph.’ (‘The Cross in the New Testament’, p.357.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask for all your faithful people who do not feel victorious today, to know that they actually are in you.
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