Life in a hostile environment
Week 47: 17/11/2023. Fri
Queen Esther prepared two banquets for the king, to prepare for her request to save her people (5:1–8). Haman's wife and friends, on the other hand, suggested that Haman make a gallow to hang Mordecai on it (5:14)!
Living as God's people in hostile environments then and now, we see that God frequently uses people to carry out His plans and represent His characters well. Much of the time, the people that God had used exhibited much courage.
In Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego remained committed to God even though the hostile environment put much pressure on them to confirm to that hostile culture (Daniel 3:8–30).
Esther faced much political and ethnic antagonism. Sometimes, these pressures are more subtle, like promotion or special bonuses. At other times, it might be outright threats of death in an attempt to induce a change in their commitment to God.
We only need to look back at how God rescued His people from Egypt (Exodus 18:10), so as to continue to trust Him in the hostile environment of all kinds that you might find yourself in today.