SUMMARY: Temper tantrum
OVERVIEW: King Xerxes gets angry because the queen refused to “display her beauty” before his party guests. As a result, he approves the suggestion from his advisors to find a new queen.
BIG IDEA: Don’t be controlled by your anger.
KEY VERSE: Esther 1:12 (Author’s report)
But when they conveyed the king’s order to Queen Vashti, she refused to come. This made the king furious, and he burned with anger.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Each day you have an opportunity to follow me and my way or succumb to the—often foolish—suggestions by others. Seek me, and I will give you direction. Don’t allow others to rile you up or fuel your fury. It is never wise to make crucial decisions when you’re angry. Take time to cool off. Take a walk, pray, take deep breaths—do whatever it takes to think and speak without anger.
And are you outraged, or are you responding this way because you’re afraid? Perhaps your pride has been wounded? Take time to reflect and then own the truth. Say “no” to fear and “yes” to me. When you do, your faith will be healthier, and it will strengthen your resolve to submit to me and my ways. You will experience hope and peace that will be so tangible you can taste them. You will inspire and encourage family and friends and be known as a positive example. There is blessing in obedience, but there are also consequences for disobedience and foolish decision making. Wake up tomorrow with peace, not regret. Let go of your fear and invite me to help you.
Are you currently making a decision fueled by anger or fear? Seek support and prayer from a friend. Take extra time—a day or more—to be still and to reflect before saying or doing something you will later regret. If someone has hurt you, you’ll need to address the situation, but do so after first spending time with me and trusted friends.