Our First Response

My favorite woman in the Bible to study is, without doubt, Esther. A whole book of the Bible is named after her and though God’s name is not mentioned…you can see His sovereign hand visibly displayed throughout its pages! God has taught me many important truths for my life through the life of Esther, but none more important than prayer should be my first response and not my last resort.

When Mordecai (her uncle) sent word to her regarding the decree that all Jews were to be killed, and that he wanted her to speak to the king, Esther replied that no one could just enter into the king’s room unless they had been summoned. This is just how I am! I tend to see the “obstacles” rather than the “opportunities”.

Mordecai sends word to her again in Esther 4:13-14, [quote]“Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”[/quote]

Mordecai reminds Esther that God’s plan certainly will be accomplished – with or without her. He very specifically warns her not to try to come up with her own plan. This is also what I tend to do! I analyze, scrutinize, plan, and figure it all out…in my own head! Mordecai gave Esther some very valuable advice that we all need to heed. We should not try to “think with ourselves”. Why would I even try? I have the Holy Spirit of God living within me! Why would I not turn to Him for direction and guidance? He sees the whole picture and I only see things from my perspective.

This is when Esther rose to the occasion and made the most difficult and courageous, yet important decision of her life. However, before she began, she sent Mordecai this response in Esther 4:16, “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

Before she moved, she fasted and prayed; and she asked others to fast and pray with her. This was her first response. She knew that she could not do this seemingly impossible task alone. She needed the strength and power that comes only from our Heavenly Father.

When you read the book of Esther, you find that God used Esther in a miraculous way. And today, there is still a holiday observed in her honor.

Do you have any obstacles in your path? Does the way seem impossible? Have you been trying to figure it out yourself? Turn to the Lord…”for who knoweth whether THOU art come into the kingdom for such a time as this?”

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