November 4

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 17:1-18:17; Ezekiel 17:1-24; John 6:22-40

“What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.” Esther 5:3

And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” Mark 6:23

Two offers, two requests, two kingdoms. Esther was willing to face death to bring life to her people. Herodias’ daughter used her life to bring death to John the Baptist. Satan offers the kingdoms of this world at the cost of your own soul. God offers His kingdom at the cost of His own Son. In the final analysis, the latter is a kingdom of light, life and love; the former of darkness, destruction and dread. Which kingdom are you pursuing? —Tom Steere

We thank Thee for the crown of glory and of life; ‘Tis no poor withering
wreath of earth, man’s prize in mortal strife. —Author Unknown