Esther 9 — Celebrating God’s goodness

Feasting.  Joy.  Celebration.  These are words you see again and again in this chapter.  After the Jews succeeded in defending themselves against their enemies, they celebrated their salvation.

Not only that, but Mordecai and Esther started the first annual celebration not required by the law of Moses, Purim.  In commanding the start of this new holiday, they said,

These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city.  And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews — nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants.  (28)

What can we get from all this?  Basically, we should never forget God’s goodness in our lives.  Not only that, we should pass on our stories of what he has done in our lives to the next generation.

So often we pray for things, and when God answers our prayers, we give him a brief thank you, and then completely forget about it.  That was something that Mordecai and Esther didn’t want to happen.  And so they commanded that Purim be celebrated annually so that people would never forget.

So when God does good things in your life, write them down.  It might be a good idea to write down your prayer requests, and to write how God answered them.

Then, say during Thanksgiving, take the time to go over what you wrote and thank God for them during your celebration.  Or do it during Christmas, if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in your country.  And share with your children what God has done for you.

But above all, let us always remember and pass on what Jesus did to deliver us from our sins.  It’s so easy to start taking it for granted.  But Jesus paid such an awful price, that it’s something we should never take for granted.  During Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, be especially sure to celebrate your salvation.  But let us not just do it during those times, but all throughout the year.

As David wrote,

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.  (Psalm 118:1)

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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