August 18

Esther 1:1-3:15; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 21:19-20

God always has a plan. Even when we cannot understand what is happening and why things are happening, we can be certain that nothing is haphazard. God sees the long view of history and knows every twist and turn based on the decisions we make. No matter what road we take, God knows where it will lead. God has so much knowledge, that He can redirect our steps at any point to get us back to where He wants us to be. 

The story of Esther appears like one where “fate” is at work and things just seem to work out. However, it is not fate, luck or chance, there is a divine plan and God is putting people in strategic places so that His will is done. 

Don’t resist when strange doors of opportunity arise for you. Discern if God is planning something big and desires your involvement in order for it to be completed. You should never fret even when there are plans and schemes lodged against you. God has put people in place to help you. He knew you would be there and He made a way to get you through it. 

Tomorrow’s Reading: Esther 4:1-7:10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-26; Psalm 36:1-12; Proverbs 21:21-22

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