Summary: Starting wrong they ended right.
A FIVE FOLD PLAN FOR DEALING WITH YOUR PROBLEMS
8/5/09 Esther 4:1-17
1. Most often problems & crises ignored
a. Deal with the symptoms or worse “what ifs”
b. Go unsolved or their lessons lost – repeat!!
c. Dr. Seuss Poem –
Did I ever tell you about the young Zoad?
Who came to a sign at the fork of the road
He looked one way and the other way too
The Zoad had to make up his mind what to do –
Well, the Zoad scratched his head,
And his chin, and his pants. –
And he said to himself, "I’ll be taking a chance.
If I go to Place One, that place may be hot
So how will I know if I like it or not.
On the other hand, though, I’ll feel such a fool
If I go to Place Two and find it’s too cool
In that case I may catch a chill and turn blue.
So Place One may be best and not Place Two.
Play safe," cried the Zoad,
"I’ll play safe, I’m no dunce.
I’ll simply start off to both places at once.
And that’s how the Zoad who would not take a chance
Went no place at all with a split in his pants.
(Turning Points by Dan Cormie – Sermon Central)
2. Incorporate Esther & Mordecai
a. responses as one in dealing w/probs. & crises
b. believe that their response evidence of turning
1. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY Vs. 1-3
A. Examining Your Part
B. Expressing Your Pain
C. Exposing Your Fears
a. As long as remains in dark controlling
b. Legend of Persian General – strange way
i. Condemned person two choices
ii. firing squad or “Black Door”
iii. In all yrs no one ever chose Black Door
iv. "You see how it is with men; they will always prefer the known way to the unknown. It is characteristic of people to be afraid of the undefined.
v. aide asked “What is behind the Black Door
vi. general smiled grimly and replied, "Freedom”
(Esther-The Fearful Heroine by Jeff Strite –Serm. Cent.)
c. Facts –unchangeable law & undeniable peril
i. ignore & hope go away – wouldn’t
ii. each day brought closer to death
a. Sgt. Joe Friday – Dragnet; talking to witnesses
b. “All we need are the facts, ma’am”
c. “Just the facts, Ma’am”
d. More you embellish fear larger it grows
2. RESPOND WITH COMPASSION 4-6
A. Acknowledging the Person v.4a
1. All of Jewry was involved – Mordecai’s name
a. exceedingly grieved – twist; writhe; give birth
2. I see and feel your pain
B. Acting with Concern v.4b
1. Did what she could to remove the pain
2. When rejected – didn’t get mad or give adage
C. Asking for the Facts v. 5
1. She was ready to listen!
a. Can’t Listen when talking
b. Can’t listen when solving
c. Can’t Listen when leaving
2. Listening is Hard Work
L - look the person in the eyes
I – Ignore desire to speak
S – sensitive to the speakers emotion
T – Time; time; time!!
E – express your understanding or lack of it
N – Never tell them how they ought to feel
3. BE SURE OF YOUR PLANS Vs.7-14a
A. Involve Other People
1. Not By Demands or Threats
2. Not as a Last Ditch Effort
B. Investigate Possible Outcomes
1. Most Probable – King would deny
2. Worst Case – King would destroy
4. UNDERSTAND THE TIMES Vs. 14c
A. God is Always In Control