Relishing life more as our confidence in the sovereign Lord grows

Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Chuck Swindoll: To which I shout a hearty “Amen!” having been around many a broken spirit with dried-up bones in my lifetime. My plea is not that we read the comics, watch mindless sitcoms, or tell a lot of silly … More Relishing life more as our confidence in the sovereign Lord grows

Seeing God’s hand moving behind the scenes

Bob Deffinbaugh comments: A slight shift in the events recorded in Esther would have doomed the Jews, except as Mordecai said, “help would come from someplace else.” Nevertheless, success in the small details mattered. As an Agagite, Haman may well have used his position against the Jews at the first provocation, whether it came from … More Seeing God’s hand moving behind the scenes

The Lord tests hearts

Proverbs 17:3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts. God tests us, tests our hearts.  Repeatedy in the Bible, we read that HE refines us, tests us, just as precious metals are refined to remove impurities.  Read these other passages, and ask yourself what remains after going … More The Lord tests hearts

Here is one of those frequent timeless foreshadowings of the Cross

Ray Stedman on Esther 7: The chapter opens with an intimate supper in a private banqueting room where Queen Esther, the king, and Haman, the evil prime minister, are gathered, and it closes with a man nailed, screaming, to a tree until he is dead. Here is one of those frequent timeless foreshadowings of the … More Here is one of those frequent timeless foreshadowings of the Cross

Sleepless in Susa: a story with important lessons for us to learn

Bob Deffinbaugh comments at Bible.org: A sleepless night for the king changed the course of history and resulted in the deliverance of the Jews throughout the Persian Empire. In reality, it was a divinely orchestrated sequence of events. Those events nullified the law wicked Haman had passed by deceiving the king and spared the lives … More Sleepless in Susa: a story with important lessons for us to learn