14 “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place…And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”
If God is for us, then who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? We must trust Christ will everything, even our lives.
In Chapter 4, we see Mordecai lamenting the upcoming extermination of the Jewish people. When Esther finds our about Haman’s plan, he explains that Esther is in a prime position to help her people. What I love most about this chapter is that Mordecai also explains that if she chooses to keep silent, deliverance and relief will come from God in some other form. That’s a lot of trust. Moredcai recognizes that our choices are not too big or too powerful for God. God can work despite our sinful nature, ultimately using it for His good and His glory. Just as he used Queen Vashti’s choice to not obey the King as a means to put Esther on the thrown, he very well could have saved the Jews without Esther’s cooperation. However, Esther shows faith in God and chooses to do the impossible: speak to the King without a summons. Esther and Moredcai also knew that for their plan to work, God must be on their side. So they choose to spend the next three days fasting and in prayer. I know for me, I tend to jump into things without taking it to God first and find myself praying in the middle of my decisions. What a great reminder that God is available at all times and for all decisions. We only have to seek His face.
Lord, thank you again for your faithfulness and your protection. Thank you for being by my side every day of my life, guiding me on Your path. I know I often stray, determined that my way is better or safer or quicker. Please give me the patience and peace to do Your will. AMEN.