Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel
that has crushed it.
~ Mark Twain
by Hillary McFarland
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4)
“…I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Matthew tells us that the Good Shepherd taught in the synagogues (places of religious worship), healed and preached to the people, and …was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (9:35-38)
The Secret of Grace
Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6)
Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness (Rom. 4:4-5)
We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Cor. 6:1-3)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jer. 1:15)
“…I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)
When you are cast out and rejected, even emotionally if not physically, your ministry is not in vain. Don’t waste your pain. Continue to beseech the face of God on behalf of your family. Continue to live in humility and obedience, walking in the Spirit in grace and truth. Lay at His feet the hurts and the wounds and the broken pieces. Trust the one who justifies the ungodly, who has called you with a heavenly calling, and dare to focus not on your sin, but on the Forgiver of your sin! Have the courage of Queen Esther who was once little orphaned Hadassah. Take comfort that He who raised Jesus from the dead can also bring life and restoration; victory is already won, death is defeated, and He is your shield and defense and your very present help in trouble and sorrow and suffering.