Thursday in the First Week of Lent

He Cares for the Lowly

Jesus makes it clear that, as God’s children, we have every right to call upon the Father:

Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.   (Matthew 7:7–8)

How we approach God has very much to do with how He will respond to us. Esther had spent her life among the Jewish exiles in Persia, where she lived under the protection of her cousin Mordecai. She became Queen to King Ahasuerus, who did not realize that she was a Jew. The evil Haman planned to kill Mordecai and exterminate all Jews from the kingdom. Ester found out about this plot. She understood that she was powerless, on her own, to stop Haman. Though Esther was a queen, she humbled herself before the Lord and God gave her a plan to succeed. We remember that the King eventually executed Haman rather than Mordecai.

The psalmist wrote:

All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD,
when they have heard the words of your mouth.

They will sing of the ways of the LORD,
that great is the glory of the LORD.

Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly;
he perceives the haughty from afar.   (Psalm 138:5-7)

God is the high and exalted One. The good news is that we are able to call upon him in times of trouble:

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.   (Isaiah 57:15)

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