"God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” Genesis 28:3-4
"God Almighty (El Shaddai) bless you." Isaac blesses Jacob by referring to God with the same name God used when He reaffirmed His covenant with Abraham in Genesis 17:1. In Genesis 17:19, He named Isaac and promised to establish His covenant with him and his offspring. Isaac is now passing that blessing and covenant promise on to Jacob. After Jacob received the blessing of Isaac, the LORD appeared to him and referred to Himself as the God of his father and grandfather. The LORD reaffirmed the covenant promise and added: "I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Can you imagine God saying that to you? He has made similar promises to those who are in Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
"Then Pilate said to him, 'Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?' But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed."
Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge, to the great amazement of Pilate. 1 Peter 2:23 says, "When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly."
Oh Father, may I have that much trust in You. Whatever the situation, I desire to entrust myself to the One who knows all things, and whose judgments are just and true.
“Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14
Mordecai had great faith in God to deliver the Jews either through the actions of Esther or from somewhere else. His question in verse 14, is a great incentive and motivation for believers. Whenever a stressful and trying situation arises, we should remind ourselves our Sovereign Lord has brought us to this place for a purpose. How will I respond? I pray I have the courage of Esther to do the right thing with boldness and courage.
"So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told."
What a statement of faith! Paul's experience with and trust in God was so secure; he could tell others to "Take heart, for I have faith in God and it will be exactly as I have been told. "
Almighty God and Father, I desire to exhibit the same faith Paul had in You. But, I must confess the many severe trials Paul suffered to acquire such faith causes me to falter. I trust You though. Whatever plans and purposes You have for me, I take courage in You. Just as You promised Jacob not to leave him until You had done everything promised, I believe You will do the same for me.