So Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, along with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter concerning Purim. And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews in the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Xerxes–words of goodwill and assurance. Esther 9:27
“You’re going to be fine!” is wonderful to hear as long as this news is coming from the right person. A doctor may speak them following a high-risk surgery and if I’m the patient or a family member of the patient, I breathe a sigh of relief. However, when they come from someone who has a history of dismissing my pain, the pronouncement is hollow. The power of the words depends on the credibility of the speaker.
The last letter that had gone out on royal steed to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Xerxes delivered news of doom. I can well imagine that the mood of the people, when the second letter arrived, was one of anxiety. Perhaps trembling hands held the document. The people anticipated an announcement that would end their world. Instead, they received a pronouncement that they were a blessed people; ones who would enjoy favor, prestige, and unlimited power.
I look forward to my time of writing every morning. It’s my chance to share words of goodwill and assurance. They don’t originate with me, for who am I? I’m just the King’s messenger. He, however, is all-powerful and trustworthy. You can take God’s messages as Gospel truth. Dare to rejoice! His Word to you is clear.
He is not mad at you.
He longs for your company.
He is waiting to forgive your sins.
Your soul can live in peace.
You have a glorious future.
He does not play favorites.
And you are the daughter, or a son, whom He loves without reservation.
If I’m not moved by Your words, my heart is ailing. Heal it and soften it so that my joy may be full. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.