Out of all the stories of wonderful, godly, and brave women in the Bible, the story of Queen Esther has always stood out to me and has become one of my absolute favorites.
Her humbleness, gentle and quiet spirit and a servant’s heart and love for her Lord is truly remarkable.
Can we take a moment to picture what her life would have been like together?
She was an orphan. Growing up without parents to love on her and discipline her must have not been an easy thing to go through. I am sure she felt she did not fit in when her friends talked about what their parents got them as a birthday gift that year. The little things little girls look for in a father and a mother, she did not get the privilege of experiencing. But who she did have was her uncle Mordecai, who loved and treated her as his own. There is no doubt that God knew what He was doing when He put Mordecai in little Esther’s life. God knew beforehand the role they were going play in one another’s life. And man, did they play it!
Long story short, we read of Haman’s plot against the destruction of the Jews and Esther’s plan to intercede in such a horrific scheme towards her people. Mordecai encouraged Esther (who was a queen by then) with just the right words when he said, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
You would think that as a queen, she would summon Haman herself to give him a piece of her mind or gather evidences to prove the man guilty. But she didn’t act out of anger. She ordered the Jews in Susa to fast and pray for three days. And her and her maidens fasted and prayed. She handled the situation with patience and with prayer. She knew what wonderful power of kneeling before the throne of grace for such petition would result in. She knew she could never do anything, let alone saving her people unless God’s mighty hand and power was involved. God graciously gave her wisdom as to how to stop Haman from succeeding his plan.
Can you imagine the mess she would have been in had she taken the matter into her own hands?
But instead, she turned to a God who would never fail her. She knew better to go before her Heavenly King before stepping a foot to approach her earthly king. In the end we know God heard and answered Esther’s prayer.
Christianity from the beginning of time has not been a rather easy task.
But I have never read or heard of a single story where a Christ follower having regretted making Him his Lord and Savior although that particular decision may have resulted in torture and/or death.
For over two thousand years, countless individuals have tried to stop the root of Christianity by burning Bibles and taking the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ for simply confessing their faith.
But still to this day, as hard as they tried, as strongly as they believed they succeeded, the Church still stands.
No human power or the devil’s schemes will take away what is in the hands of God who reigns forevermore.
Christ never promised that this life that we have chosen to be followers of Him will be a piece of cake–that the decision we made personally is a just a cherry on top of all the blessings we will receive in return. But you see, Christianity isn’t about receiving but the giving. In fact, He promised hardships and persecutions along our journey. But He also graciously promised that He would be with us to the ends of the earth, to never leave nor forsake us. And that promise is greater and bigger than anything that comes against our way.
Esther’s story and situation she faced are different from the ones we are facing today.
But Mordecai’s words rings true more than ever. The message is still the same.
We live in a world where every single little thing is fast-paced.
We live in a world where people prioritize themselves—less and less about others and more and more about us.
Christianity is hated even more so than ever before, or so it seems.
June 17, 2015 –a man opened fired in a church during prayer meeting, leaving nine people dead in Charleston.
Just last week, another gunman occurred at a community college in Oregon. And as he reloaded his handgun, he ordered students to stand up and then asked if they were Christians. And as they stood up, he said: “Good — because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.” And then he shot and killed them.
Then there is ISIS, Planned Parenthood, and the rule of gay marriage by the Supreme Court and so many other things going on that are too many to name. It’s bad news after another. If we were to focus on all that are going wrong, it is more than easy for us to throw up our hands and give up.
But this is why Mordecai’s message is more alive and fitting than ever—God has made us and purposed our lives as Christians to be born in this day and age for a reason. For such a time as this…
I fell in love with the Apostle Paul’s words when he said, “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” (2 Corinthians 4:9, NASB).
My only prayer is that no matter what comes our way from here on out, that we would only seek God’s face.
My prayer is that we will be firmly rooted in the Word of God, never compromising not even a sentence of it.
My prayer is that we will carry our cross faithfully come what may.
My prayer is that we realize what a Mighty, All-Sufficient God we serve.
My prayer is that we will be bold in our classrooms, work, and anywhere we go on a daily basis.
My prayer is that we will always choose Christ no matter the circumstance.
My prayer is that we will not be ashamed of the Gospel.
My prayer is that we will continue to grow in our witnesses.
My prayer is that we will love Christ more than life.
My prayer is that we will continue to press on, fight the good fight and…
We will see Him face to face, and one thing we will hear, one thing that will only matter is to hear Him say,
“Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
What a day it will be!
Friends, we have so much more to live for than what the world offers. It may be more appealing and convenient and easier, but God’s ways are always best, secure, and grace-filled.
Take heart, for Christ has overcome the world! You need only be still and obedient.