Taking a Walk with Nehemiah, Part 2
Glimpses of God

Weekend Devo — God’s Irony

The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him. — Esther 6:4

By now you know how much I love the story of Esther. For one, she is the first spiritually mismatched wife mentioned in the Bible. Esther is our inspiration too. As her Uncle Mordecai said, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” we hold a place in our marriages for “such a time as this.”

The story of Esther never speaks directly of God, but there is no doubt He is present. I love how He’s orchestrating it all. He’s put Esther in a place that probably wasn’t her first choice but winds up serving a higher calling than she ever imagined.

Yet here is Haman, a man totally engrossed in himself, that he’s oblivious to what is going on behind the scenes. In chapter six, God has kept King Xerxes awake and unsettled, leading him to read the chronicles of his reign. He happens upon the recording of Mordecai’s exposure of a plan to kill the king. Then just as he’s looking for a way to honor the man who saved his life, in walks Haman with a plan to kill the very same man.

God’s irony. Don’t you just love it? He’s there working the entire time to bring salvation to His people and even uses the ones most opposed to Him to do it.

I can only shake my head and smile in appreciation of God’s ways. I truly love seeing our great God in action in my life and the lives around me.

Including you! So tell me how God is working “behind the scenes” in your life and marriage.

Praying & believing,


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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!

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