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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Dec. 30, 2010 - Invisible Power

By William E. Richardson

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10, NKJV).

Many leaders misuse their power in our fallen world. That theme weaves its way in and out of the Book of Esther. It’s a common thread holding the story together. Meanwhile, the display of God’s power in the small tome is subtle, yet strong.

Let’s compare the angry displays of human might in the story with God’s silent, omnipotent strength.

Queen Vashti refused to appear for the drunken king and his cohorts. “Therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him” (Esther 1:12). King Ahasuerus flexed his muscles; he deposed the queen.

Not everyone in Persia liked their ruler. Two eunuch doorkeepers “became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus” (2:21). Word reached the king. His next royal command: Hang the two traitors.

When Mordecai refused to bow to the chief prince, “Haman was filled with wrath” (3:5). He wielded his power by plotting Mordecai’s death and the extermination of all Jews in the kingdom.

The king and Haman understood power to be a visible force. Its basis: anger. In contrast, the spark that brought God’s display of strength took place behind closed doors. It happened without description between chapters four and five. That spark was three days of prayer and fasting.

Then Esther meekly carried out a plan from God. We see God’s power in her courage and in her wisdom. It includes saying and doing the right things at the right time. We even see God turning the king’s heart (see Proverbs 21:1).

We all live in a world with a distorted view of power. It’s a trap we can fall into. We’re tempted to fight back with words and actions that would not honor God.

But our opposition isn’t flesh and blood. We unleash true strength, God’s strength, by letting Him guide us. That true strength comes only after prayer and, at times, fasting.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.

 

 

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