Daily Reflections

Understanding the Times

May 26, 2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

When Esther’s young women and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen was deeply distressed. —Esther 4:4 ESV

When Esther heard that Mordecai was wearing sackcloth, it caused her deep distress. She tried to help by sending Mordecai regular clothes to wear, but he wouldn’t accept her gift. So she sent a messenger to investigate. Esther cared enough about Mordecai to get involved.

Do you know what’s going on in the world and how it’s affecting the people of God? We need to be educated about other Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. But we also need to be aware of something even more subtle. The main problem isn’t what’s happening to the people of God but what’s happening in the people of God. The worldliness of the Church should cause us as much distress as the sin of unbelievers.

Esther’s response to what’s happening to her people should also be ours. She was willing to leave the comfort, security, and convenience she knew to do something about what was going on among the people of God, even if it cost her life.

Make it Personal

How can you specifically grow in your knowledge of what is happening to and in the Church? What can you do to help?