Esther 1-2 (The Daily Walk Bible).
From the ESV Study Bible: “Susa, in western Persia (the city is now called Shush, in the southwestern part of modern Iran), was one of Persia’s four capital cities (see Neh. 1:1; Dan. 8:2). Media, Northwestern Persia, near the Caspian Sea. Once a separate nation, it was conquered c. 550 B.C. by Cyrus the Great, who founded the Persian Empire. The time (483 B.C., the third year of Xerxes’ reign), and the presence of the army, suggest that Xerxes may have been building support for his invasion of Greece (preparations c. 483–480; the Battle of Thermopylae took place in 480).
Here are the additional passages that the devotional uses to show that God is in control:
Exodus 4:11 “Then the LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?'”
Psalm 115:3 “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”
Daniels 4:17, 25, 32 “to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men…till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will…until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”