Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Written by: James Rogers
There is this wild truth in life: every now and then we are forced to face situations that are much bigger than we are. Sometimes those moments are scary and make us feel afraid. We rally our courage, but deep down we wonder if we have what it takes to weather the storm.
Today we come across a young woman named Esther. Esther was born into a regular Jewish family. She was known for her beauty and strong character. God used those traits, directed her path, and she became the Queen of Persia. As the story builds, we learn that there were evil men conspiring to kill all of the Jews in Persia. Esther’s cousin Mordecai challenged her to trust God and to use her position as Queen to influence the King and to save her people. We see her response in today’s passage.
Esther knew she would have to break the law to achieve her goal and that it might get her killed. Instead of running away from the problem, Esther stood up, put her faith firmly in God and became willing to die in pursuit of a solution.
In the end, Esther is successful and the Jewish people are saved, which is an amazing ending for Esther. Even though the book never directly cites God’s activities in these events, it is clear He was working in every moment and that the victory ultimately belongs to Him.
Thought of the day: When things got tough for Esther she laid it all on the line and trusted that God would protect her and bring a resolution. What are you going through right now that God is asking you to trust Him with? Faith is not just simply hoping that God is good. It’s more than that; real faith requires action. God calls us to step out of our comfort zones for His purposes. What next step is God calling you to take in faith? I hope that you can see through the life of Esther that God will be there for you as you trust Him.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the Book of Esther and the powerful lesson of faith we can learn from her life. Thank You for leading our lives. Give us courage to stand up and follow where You lead. Help us to be the men and women You are calling us to be. May You receive all the glory. Amen!