If you were a Jewish person living in the times of Daniel and Esther, you had a reason to be depressed. Your nation had been conquered. Your hometown was in ruins. Your people were in captivity. Yet these two individuals—living under different rulers in different times—stood out because they believed God was with them and actively leading their lives. Daniel’s story reminds us it is possible to be obedient to the Lord even when we are surrounded by those who are disobedient to his Word—and that God will reward us for our faithfulness. Esther’s story teaches us that we will have to face this life with courage . . . but that God will give us the strength to persevere.
The Life Lessons with Max Lucado series brings the Bible to life in twelve lessons filled with intriguing questions, inspirational stories, and poignant reflections to take you deeper into God's Word. Each lesson includes an opening reflection, background information, an excerpt of the text (from the New International and New King James versions), exploration questions, inspirational thoughts from Max, and a closing takeaway for further reflection. The Life Lessons series is ideal for use in both a small-group setting or for individual study.