Prayer for the day
Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Scripture for the day
The story of Esther, though it never mentions the name of God, is a story that regularly highlights the care God has for His people. This care is evident in a great number of passages, and particularly in the way God protects His people from significant harm when they are threatened by Haman and the rest of the people who want them destroyed.
The care of God is obvious in the story through the fear the people experience around the Jews. They people around them do not explain this fear, do not explain why they seem to shake at the very thought of the Jewish people, but we who read the story after the fact can surmise with confidence that the care of God lies behind all of this fear. God’s care for His people extends beyond fear, to allowing the people of Israel to free themselves from those who would wish them death or serious harm.
Stephen preaches to the Sanhedrin with an emphasis on the same point. He outlines for them the care that God has evidenced for the people from the very beginning. He begins with the life of Abram, the man from whom God would extract a people. He tells the story of Abram (later Abraham) being cared for, chosen and sustained, by God, and then moves the story forward to the person of Moses, another man who sought to follow God and bless the people through that following.
All through Stephen’s story/sermon, his focus is on the love of God for God’s people and the way God sustained them through significant difficulty.
Are we as well aware of the care of God in our own lives? Do we continue to tell the stories of God’s care and faithfulness for His people in the midst of adversity? Let’s keep telling the story.