Some of us may feel like our lives are just one trial after another. We may feel like we're playing whack-a-mole or trying to plug holes in a dam with our fingers, as we experience hardship after hardship. If you feel like this then you are right at home in the Bible. The Israelites have experienced exile and now face what seems like certain genocide. Haman was given permission by King Xerxes to "destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews." The response of Mordecai to this news is instructive for us. Mordecai mourns and weeps over this and yet is still filled with hope. When he communicates to Esther he tells her, "relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise." He knows that some people may die but that God will not allow all of his people to be destroyed. There are still unfulfilled promises of God, including that of the Messiah, so complete destruction is not a possibility. So Mordecai weeps but he weeps as someone with hope. As we face disturbing news or circumstances in life we also need to cling to the hope that is available in God, and like Esther consider how we need to respond.
Father God, the world is filled with hatred, evil, and sin. As I mourn my brokenness and that in the world, help me to remain hopeful. Help me to find the hope that is available in you regardless of the circumstances of my life. Amen.
Question: What gives you hope regardless of your present circumstances?