Day 3 - Esther 4:9-16

For Such a Time as This

Esther, not knowing anything about the decree to kill the Jews, hears that Mordecai is dressed in sackcloth and wailing in the street. She sends some clothes, but Mordecai tells Esther he doesn’t need a costume change, he needs her to talk to her husband and beg for their lives. Let’s see her reply:

9 Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.

Esther makes a good point. She can’t go to him. She’s still new to living in the palace, but she knows she must be summoned in order to approach the king. Otherwise, she’ll be put to death. And, by the way, Esther’s pretty sure the king has forgotten about her. Our queen, who recently presided over her own banquet, is feeling pretty powerless now.

When in your life have you felt powerless? If you’re feeling that way right now, take time to remind yourself that God is in control. Write it down or say it aloud. He is in control.

12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.

Mordecai doesn’t allow her to wallow in self pity for too long before telling her the truth. She is the queen, but she’s also a Jew and she too will be killed. It’s hard to hear the truth sometimes.

Have you ever had another believer tell you a hard truth in love? How did you react to it?

The truth keeps coming, leading up to the most famous verse in the book of Esther:

14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Mordecai has faith that God will deliver them, but it will have to come from somewhere else. When it’s God’s plan, He’ll make it happen whether we participate or not. But what if, just maybe, that’s why we’re here? Whether it’s a career or parenting or a place you serve, God has given you a position in order for you to do significant work for Him. And just like Esther, we have a choice. We can allow Him to use us, or He’ll use someone else. But imagine the joy it will bring if we are obedient.

Have you ever stepped out in faith and witnessed God do something significant? What happened?

15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “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.”

Mic drop. Esther is convinced and she’s going to risk it all to help redeem her people. But first, she’s going to fast and pray like she’s never done before. It’s going to take grace, courage, and big faith. Luckily, her God is bigger. Let’s take a lesson from Esther. Our God is mighty and He’s able. We shouldn’t be afraid of the future. Sure, it’s going to take big faith, but our God is much, much bigger.

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