Kids - For the Good
Esther's Bravery and Victory - Week 4
November 23-24, 2019 |
In this four-week video series, kids will hear the whole dramatic story from the book of Esther that details the near annihilation of the Jewish people exiled in Persia. In all of the story’s ups and downs, God’s faithfulness is clear. In everything, he works for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
“We know that in everything, God works for the good of those who love him," Romans 8:28a.
- Before you saw the end of the story, what did you think was going to happen with Esther and her people? (Discuss.)
- Esther handled the situation with a lot of bravery and wisdom. She trusted that God would work for the good. We can do the same! Can you share a time in your life when you want to be brave? Maybe it’s sticking up for someone else, or maybe it’s telling the truth when you mess up. Can you share some more examples? (Discuss.)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Esther 4-8
The point of the story of Esther is not to be more like Esther or Mordecai. While Esther was bold and Mordecai was wise, they were far from perfect people. But God is the one who is able to redeem all things. He is the main character of the story. He never left the Jewish people (including Mordecai and Esther) in their moments of rebellion, and he never leaves us either. God used the twisted moments in the life of Esther and wrote a victorious story of redemption.
While we may not get to see it so obviously, the same is true in our own lives. Esther’s story can remind us that God is bigger than the past. Esther’s story shows us that his goodness and grace are steadfast, independent of the chaos around us. Esther’s story can help us actually believe that God can use us for something good, too, not because we are good, but because he is.
Esther’s boldness could have cost her life. But she chose to approach the king with confidence, trusting she was right where she was for a reason. Like Esther, we are often faced with choices that could come at a great cost to us. Our boldness may not cost us our lives, but it could require our comfort, our position, or our time. Mordecai’s reminder to Esther in Esther 4:14 is a good reminder to us:
“’For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’”
When we’re faced with hard decisions, we can choose the easy way out, the path of least resistance, or we can trust that God has us uniquely positioned in the kingdom he has entrusted to us, and that we have a very specific purpose exactly where we are, for such a time as this.
Like Queen Esther, we have influence in our kingdom for such a time as this. Who and what has God entrusted to you?
Do you believe God can use you? If so, how could he use you in your present circumstances? If not, what might be in the way of you believing he can?