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Mordecai Shows Up

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5

Our only hope is in God, and we can find that through Jesus who connects us to him through the Holy Spirit. Mordecai could have chosen to bow down to the powerful and mighty Haman and even given up on his own faith, but he stays strong and shows up for God. He doesn’t let any challenges he faces define who he is. Mordecai knows that he is made in the image of God and he is enough. Mordecai showed up for Esther and adopted her. He puts others first, is extremely compassionate, and is a great leader to the Jewish people.

Mordecai did everything he could to be a reflection of Christ. He is a faithful servant and does not let the world define who he is. His reflection of God gives us hope and reassurance in times of suffering. There is always a greater plan if we trust in the Lord. In Esther 2:11 we can see the compassion that Mordecai shows towards Esther. “And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women's quarters, to learn of Esther's welfare and what was happening to her.” He took time out of his own day to think about Esther's health and safety before his own.

Overall, Mordecai helps us to see how much of an impact God’s grace and love can help save and protect others. He was absolutely glowing with God’s light in him and that impacted so many others. Mordecai teaches us to maintain our hope in Jesus, remain faithful in our walk with God, and not allow the adversity of the world to overtake and define who we are. Even in the story of Esther, someone as typical as Mordecai, like you and me can show up for others and show up for God daily. Let’s try and remember 1 Chronicles 16:11. It states, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”

Discussion Questions:

1. How can you maintain your hope in God daily?

2. What is the best way to show others compassion and love in your friendships?

3. What is one way you can show up for God this week?

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