TOPIC: You Can’t Alter God’s Plan (DCLM Daily Manna 1 May 2021)
TEXT: Esther 8:1-6
1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.
2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.
3 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.
4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,
5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces:
6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?
KEY VERSE: “And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.” – (Esther 8:2)
John Wesley often referred to himself as “a brand plucked out of the fire”. On February 9, 1709, a fire broke out in his father’s home. Young John, not yet six years old, was stranded on an upper floor of the building. Two neighbours rescued the lad just seconds before the roof crashed in. His father said, “Come, neighbours, let us give thanks to God. He has given me all my eight children, let the house go. I am rich enough”. God did not allow the fire to destroy one of the greatest preachers of holiness the world ever had. He preserved his destiny.
Mordecai was marked for death. But he was elevated to the highest position in the government, second only to the king. Esther then set him over the estate of Haman, the Jews’ enemy. As a symbol of authority, the king gave Mordecai the ring taken from Haman to foster respect and obedience from the citizens.
One cannot but see the hand of destiny at work and Satan’s attempts to destroy it. Destiny is God’s ordained plan for the future. Mordecai was no doubt destined to occupy this position, otherwise it could never have happened. Haman fought tirelessly to humiliate and destroy him but the counsel of God stood and the enemy was defeated.
The Lord promises every one of us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). But each one of us has a role to play to ensure God’s good plan for our lives comes to pass. His plan for a bright future and heaven at last can be suspended when we move away from Him and become rebellious against His will. God is no respecter of persons and there is nothing like eternal security. Like Mordecai, we must remain steadfast and true to God, and ward off all the evil plans aimed at truncating our destiny.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
You can partner with God to fulfil your destiny by standing firm on His promises.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.