I hope you’ll join me in this month’s reading of Esther.
Today’s reading is Esther Chapters 1.
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In using the SOAP devotional method, here is what stood out to me in today’s reading:
Scripture: Esther 1: 16
Then Memucan replied in the presence of the king and the nobles, “Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces of King Xerxes.
Queen Vashti’s decision to deny King Xerxes’ request to appear, was inappropriate and wrong. She should have appeared as asked. She should have honored her husband’s wishes to appear.
Queen Vashti was expected to honor her husband’s request by appearing, and yet she did not. Her action, or lack thereof, was disrespectful and rude, and women are called to honor and respect their husbands now, just as they were then. My husband may not be a king, but he is still one whom I should respect and honor though my actions and speech.
This is something that is repeated throughout the Bible, not just here.
Lord, thank you for this reminder to respect my husband and honor his requests.
Thank you , Lord for allowing me to marry such a kind and generous man… that sure makes it easier most of the time! Please, Lord, help me to show him I respect him. Show me how to honor Him in the ways you designed.
Please, Lord, also help me in guiding my daughter as she grows to select a husband whom she will also respect. And help me to model to her your ways.
Thank you, Lord.