Mo 1/29Tu 1/30We 1/31Th 2/1Fr 2/2Sa 2/3Su 2/4
Esther 6
Rom. 1
Esther 7
Rom. 2
Esther 8
Rom. 3
Esther 9–10
Rom. 4
Job 1
Rom. 5
Job 2
Rom. 6
Job 3
Rom. 7

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

A few Sundays ago, Pastor Bayly preached to us on Psalm 35 and the goodness of God’s terrible judgments on His enemies. King David cries out,

Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life;

Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

Let them be like chaff before the wind,

With the angel of the LORD driving them on.

Let their way be dark and slippery,

With the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

For without cause they hid their net for me;

Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.

Let destruction come upon him unawares,

And let the net which he hid catch himself;

Into that very destruction let him fall.

(Psalm 35:4–8)

We get a beautiful illustration of this kind of retribution in the book of Esther. Haman, “the enemy of the Jews” (Esther 3:10; 8:1; 9:10), attempts to use his high position of political influence to wipe out the Jews in the Persian Empire. Through a series of events only God could orchestrate, Haman’s plot turns against him, and he ends up publicly humiliated and then publicly executed on his own gallows.

What should be our reaction when we read this story? We should stand up and cheer! We should not be ashamed to rejoice when God turns the schemes of the wicked back on their own heads.

VERSES TO MEDITATE ON

There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.
—Romans 2:9–11

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for His righteous judgments.
  • Confession – Confess to God times that you have thought He was too harsh in His judgments. It is terribly proud for us to ever think we are more merciful than the LORD.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for protecting His people from destruction throughout history.
  • Supplication – Pray for God’s judgment on the wicked in our own land, especially those whose goal is to wipe out the people of God.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

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