"Mordecai - A Man Characterized by Care for Others" August 24, 2022
Wednesday, August 24th
Take5 Devotional today written by Rrachel Fitzpatrick, Local Outreach Director
Mordecai – A Man Characterized by Care for Others
Scripture to read today:
Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.
As soon as we meet Mordecai in Esther chapter 2, we immediately sense his heart for others. Mordecai was a caring father figure to Esther. He took her in as his daughter, cared for her, and nurtured her outward and inward beauty. When it came time for her to participate in a beauty competition to be considered for the role of queen, Mordecai encouraged her potential as a father would.
Mordecai’s fatherly concern and love for Esther were clearly seen when Esther was presented to the king. Mordecai stayed close, asking about her and making sure she was in good care. I can imagine his worry over her. Did he do the right thing for her? What parent doesn’t ask themselves this question over and over throughout their lives?
You and I have the perfect parent. God showed his immense love for us by sending his son Jesus, who came into this world to save us from eternal condemnation. God wanted the best for us, so he took on human form and became the ultimate sacrifice to die and rise again for our salvation. Continuing in “His fatherly love, God also made sure we have everything we need to follow Him. According to 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” If you are a follower of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit is available and accessible to you so that you can live a life pleasing to God, your Father.
John 14: 15-17 “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
Suggestion: God’s love as a father, guardian, and champion continually pursues you and me. Will you embrace and follow the One who only desires the best for you?