Today’s Reading: Esther 8:1-10:3 (additional reading: Psalm 37:1-11 and Proverbs 21:23-24)

Problems! We’ve all got problems! Sometimes problems are small and quickly solved, sometimes problems overwhelm us, but problems also give meaning to life. For example, the main obstacle a powerboat has to overcome is water against the propeller but then again if it wasn’t for the resistance of the water against the propeller the boat couldn’t move!

President John F. Kennedy on his Inauguration Day said, ”You’ll find no easy problems ever come to the President of the United States. If they’re easy to solve, somebody else has already solved them.”

Problems give life creative tension! Think about the great things that have come about because of problems. Actually, most things in life which are not a problem are simply things which someone has already found a solution to.

Esther and King Xerxes had a big, (and seemingly insurmountable) problem. The first step to solving any problem is for us to take personal responsibility for it. We have seen that the entire book of Esther is basically the story of a young woman and an old man, who took responsibility for a huge problem. A problem that threatened their very existence. At one point, Esther was tempted to say, “What problem?” She was wanted to live in a pretend world where she was immune, and uninvolved and just walk away, but Mordecai jerked her back into reality by confronting her with her responsibility to her nation.

The great thing about Esther is that she took responsibility. Her peoples’ problem became her problem… and she responded with courage. I think a lot of the problems that we’re faced with in our society today would be solved if we stepped up to the plate and took personal responsibility for them. Think of people like Martin Luther King who took personal responsibility for stopping racism, he could have ignored it, but he stepped up.

Jack Paar, the original host on the tonight show once said, “Looking back, my life seems to be one long obstacle course, with me as the chief obstacle.” That’s true of all of us! We need to stop making excuses and allow God to start dealing with us.

Reflection

What big problem are you facing?
Are you taking responsibility or ignoring things that need to be done for yourself or others?

Prayer

Father, Thank You that You took personal responsibility in bring us back into a relationship with You. Help us to act for the good of those around us and stop making excuses. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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