Though Queen Esther was placed by the whim of the King it was actually by the will of God who turns the heart of the king whithersoever he wishes. (Esther 2:17). God had made a preemptive provision for the deliverance of His people by promoting Esther to the place where Vashti once sat. Because of this placement, she had a powerful position – she alone was in a place to make a superior plea for the deliverance of the Jews. Who else had a royal relationship to the king bound by love while at the same time had a royal birthright bound by lineage to the condemned Jews? None! But, yet, Esther was overwhelmed by her perplexing ponderings because Mordecai asking her to intercede (Esther 4:10-11)! What did she hesitate? Why did she send back excuses?
Maybe she believed things were not as bad as they seemed, or that her involvement would not make much difference, or, maybe she was just willing to live with the consequences. Her fear of man made her focus on herself; but Mordecai helped her remember the fear of God which made her focus on the fate of others!
In Esther 4:16 she returned an answer to him by saying “So will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
We, too, as God’s church, have a royal relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ based on love! We have that unique placement to stand before God’s throne on behalf of mankind! Each time, you approach Him with humility and boldness on behalf of sinners lost in sin as well as servants languishing in the harvest field, you demonstrate the courage and integrity of Esther!
May I encourage you to pray! This is just the opportunity for us to take responsibility to trust in God’s Sovereignty!
Thank you for your prayers!
- Rodney Myers – GFF General Director