If you follow the Hebraic calendar, you know we are at the culmination of Purim and approaching the next Jewish new year (the Hebraic calendar has four new years). We are in the month of Adar as it relates to the book of Esther (PLEASE READ). If you have or have not, read or remember what happened in Esther, I will refresh your memory. Haman set himself as an enemy of God’s people, specifically the Jew Mordecai and as a result all Jews simply because Mordecai refused to bow to his presence as it was against his belief as a Jew. So, Haman drafted a decree for all Jews within the provinces under King Xerxes rule to be put to death AND he paid 10,000 talents of silver to have it carried out. He set the date for the Jews’ destruction for the 13th of the month of Adar.
Queen Esther of Jewish descent heard and called a 3-day dry fast for all the Jewish people, after which she approached the King and with wisdom in timing requested of the King that the lives of her people be spared. The King listened to her and annulled the former decree and everything Haman planned out for the destruction of the Jewish people was turned around on him and every enemy of the Jews. He was hung on the very gallows he had built to hang Mordecai. What’s more is that not only did the Jews keep their lives, but the very day set to destroy them instead turned into the day they destroyed their enemies, the 13th of Adar! What the enemy meant for evil, God turned it around and used for their good!!
Today is Friday, March 13, 2020. Those who believe in luck say Friday the 13 is an unlucky day. Since the year 2020 has come there has been a lot of world and local crisis, but the way God’s people deal with crisis should look much different from how the world responds. The way we perceive what is happening is more important than the thing that’s happening. We have to evaluate and re-adjust our perspective. If we pay attention, we will be able to see from a higher perspective, given to us because we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Things look a lot different when you see them from above instead of at eye level. When you change your perspective you can move from fear to faith and from confusion to understanding so that you can receive wisdom for preparation.
Take the time that God is giving you now to slow down and hear what thus says the Lord.The Holy Spirit reminded me of Elijah when he fled to the cave after he battled and destroyed the prophets of Baal. Jezebel had sent word to him that she would do to him the same and worse by the next day. While Elijah despaired, God told him to come stand before him and as he passed by Elijah there was a powerful wind, then an earthquake, and then a fire BUT the Lord was not in the wind, earthquake, or fire. The Lord was a gentle small voice speaking to Elijah and that is how he gave Elijah his next instructions.
Yes, God is speaking to his people right now but it’s not how many think. It’s not in the crisis that are happening or the situations or circumstances you face, it’s in the still small voice that you must have had practice in hearing and recognizing so that in the midst of all the noise that is going on, you are able to retreat to your quiet place and hear God’s instructions and directions for YOUR next steps.
God desires to give you specific instructions, make room for Him. Set apart time to sit before Him without your preconceived ideas, plans, and goals. Make room for Him to shift, transfer, uproot, and plant. Don’t concern yourself with your enemy or the things that seem to be working against you. God is fighting that battle for you and has already given victory over your enemy. Don’t be moved by it, He will allow you to see the turnaround. Right now God is calling his people, just like he called Elijah, to come stand before Him so he can give them their marching orders. It’s for preparation for what is coming. You can’t hear Him if you are listening to fear panic confusion or doubt. TUNE OUT, SLOW DOWN, AND HEAR WHAT THUS SAYS THE LORD! YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!
Scriptural references to meditate on and speak
Hebrews 1:3, 1:13, 10:13
Isaiah 54:17. 3:10, 50:8-9, 45:24
Scriptures to study
Book of Esther
2 Kings 9