By Carolyn Dale Newell
“…And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Est. 4:16b (NKJV)
God is very present in the book of Esther, even though His name is never mentioned. God gave Esther tremendous courage and patience when she needed it most.
There was a decree that all the Jews would be killed on an appointed day. The king did not know that his queen, Esther, was Jewish. Esther planned to approach the king and plead for her life and the lives of her people. However, approaching the king was against the law, and the penalty was death.
The first time the king inquired of Esther concerning her request, she simply asked him to attend a banquet that day. Even at the banquet, waiting for the right time, she only requested his attendance at another banquet on the next day. Once again, the king inquired about the request that he could fulfill. Esther had patiently waited for this moment as she bravely asked the king to spare her life and the lives of her people, revealing that she was a Jew. Her patience aligned perfectly with God’s providential order of events. The king made another decree protecting the Jews.
Esther risked her own life to save the lives of her people. She also waited just for the right time to make her request. “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” (Ps. 27:14). God will give courage, strength, and patience to all His children when they need it just as He did for Esther. Rely on God and do not be faint-hearted. Trust in His perfect timing.
Fill us with courage and strength to accomplish the tasks set before us. Help us to patiently wait for Your perfect timing. Thank You for providentially working all things according to Your purposes. Amen.
Read Est. 5:1-8 and Est. 7:1-6.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Is there something you need to do which requires strength and courage? Pray for God’s perfect timing along with the patience and wisdom to wait for that moment. God will increase your strength and courage just when you need it.
Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.