Monday, March 01, 2010

In quietness and confidence is your strength

Esther 4:14

"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?"

What confidence.

4 Comments:

At 3:41 PM, Blogger John said...

I wonder how we should specifically apply this today.

My wife and I were discussing Bonhoeffer's standing up for the Jews in Hitler's day. He believed that, in order to be a Christian, one had to stand up for the helpless. I'm grappling with how this should be applied here and now.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Marcian said...

Well, in this case, I was focusing more on the confidence Mordecai had in the faithfulness of God's promises and His unfailing love toward His people. In fact, it's so subtle, it almost slips by unnoticed. We love to zero in on the heroicism in "who knows...?" but we conveniently overlook the quiet confidence Mordecai had in God's power to provide protection for His people, as He had promised.

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Marcian said...

And this confidence is displayed, regardless of whether Esther was truly the one to play a part in that preservation, something else I think we conveniently overlook.

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger nellie said...

Isaiah 30:15
For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said," In repentance and rest you will be saved,In quietness and trust is your strength." ... I've always relished this text...

 

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