Club 252

Club Purim Party

on March 7, 2012

Tonight, we celebrated God’s hand in rescuing His people through Esther. You can see pictures of the party on the right. To enjoy all 19 photos, go here. (Be sure & click the second page on Flickr as well to see all of them.)

There are four main lessons we talked about from the story of Esther. I realize they are deep, but they are true. And many don’t catch these truths even into adulthood. And it will take hearing them over & over again to sink in. The sooner our children understand these truths & live them out, the better their lives will be. So start early.

1) We are in a battle. It is not one we can see with our eyes, but a spiritual battle. Haman wasn’t really the enemy, Satan was. Satan wanted/wants to destroy the Jews because they are God’s chosen people. Guess what? He doesn’t like Christians any better. We are also God’s chosen people (1 Peter 2:9). But good news: the battle belongs to the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:15). When we feel like we’re fighting a war, chances are, we ARE. Realize that we DO have an enemy who wants to destroy us, but through Christ we have the victory!

2) God had a plan to save His people even when everything looked hopeless. Esther’s life sure didn’t look rosy – orphaned, dragged (kidnapped) to the palace, forced to marry a horrible man, then had the weight of her entire people on her shoulders to go talk to this man who hadn’t even wanted to see her for a month. Even when things look “hopeless” for us, they aren’t. God has a plan in it. Even the painful things. He wants to use them in our lives to shape us (Romans 5:3-5). If we spend our time complaining or just deciding to do our own thing rather than go with the plan God has for us, His will will happen anyway. We just won’t get the blessing of being a part of it.

3) God gives us our bodies, talents, etc. to use for His purposes & glory, not ours. Esther got where God wanted her to be because of the way He designed her – beautifully. It reminds me of the story of Amy Charmichael & her brown eyes. He made you the way you are for a purpose & to covet someone else’s talents or looks is an insult to the Creator Who made you.

4) God put Esther in the palace “for such a time as this”. God has put each of us in our family, our home, our time in history, etc. for such a time as this. He gave us our parents, our siblings, our children, for a reason. We must not resent where He put us, coveting others’ families or situations in life any more than we should their talents or looks. It’s saying we know better! When, of course, we couldn’t.

Like I said, pretty big lessons. But so-oo-oo important & life changing. Praying this week our children catch a bit of it. May these truths sink in at an early age & fill them with contentment, hope, & trust in our awesome Heavenly Father.

PS – With Conviction being our monthly theme, you could say it took conviction for Esther to do what she did. Mordecai was very instrumental in developing her conviction & courage. So are we with our children. Go here for an excellent blog post about conviction in our homes.

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