July 9, 2010
I’m just finishing Beth Moore’s Esther study and it has come at a great time. I’ve always enjoyed Esther, but I’ve gained new insights this time around for which I am so thankful.
In yesterday’s assignment, she pointed out how God flip-flopped the circumstances for the Jews in Persia completely. Haman wrote an edict intended to destroy the Jews, but Moredecai & Esther’s edict intended just the opposite.
The Jews responded to Haman’s edict with mourning, fasting, weeping, and wailing (Esther 4:3), but the Jews responded with happiness, joy, gladness and honor to Mordecai & Esther’s edict (Esther 8:16).
I love how she (Beth) then encouraged me to think of 4 negatives in my life that I would like God to reverse. I easily came up with 4:
- The tendency for me to see the negative in someone before I see the good (especially in my family and myself). My deceptive thought is that if I point out the bad, it can be changed for good. Right?!?!
- Related, the heavy atmosphere my negativity causes in our home.
- Excessive guilt.
And what 4 positives would I like God to replace them with?
- A lighthearted, affirming spirit in me.
- A home where encouragement and patience reigns.
I loved what she said:
Are any of [your positives] unbiblical? I’m imagining not. Unless you’re asking something ungodly and vindictive, I want to challenge you to turn those descriptions into petitions.
It’s simple and common sense, I guess, but this never occurred to me — to ask for the reverse. What I desire is definitely godly and right. I just never thought to ask.
But I’m asking now.
What are the things you hope God will reverse for you?