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Esther 9 to 10

A letter was received, and the contents were threatening!

Esther 3:13 Letters were sent by couriers to each of the royal provinces telling the officials to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jewish people 4:3 There was great mourning among the Jewish people in every province where the king's command and edict came. They fasted, wept, and lamented, and many lay on sackcloth and ashes. HCSB

The letter was faceless, but it had their names on it.
They had no idea why it came, and it was unjust – but it came.
Emotionally, they were devastated by what they read – where was the hope?
Sometimes we receive letters like this, sometimes the words are spoken rather than written.
The threat, the judgement, the slander, the false accusation or even the death sentence.
Sometimes it comes from the angry one who won't forgive – we may even deserve it.
Sometimes it comes from the bank or the credit company.
Maybe the doctor has written the letter.
Possibly even one that we love.
We are hurt, we may have an emotional outburst, but we are called to believe the word – not the one that has upset us, but the dependable word of the Lord. The words used against us are weapons, and we have a promise that will sustain us.

Isaiah 55:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD. NKJV

Furthermore, just because something has been written about us, it doesn't mean it has any real power over us. Christ has cancelled what was written against us.

Col 2:14 having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. NIV

Sometimes we have to walk a journey that we would not choose to, but Jesus is God's final word, and we should not let anything else divert us from His promises.