Many of us have encountered people who for the most part are great people, but occasionally there is a problem or something doesn’t go their way and they lash out at whoever they think is the cause of the problem. Dealing with people with those issues sometimes make us feel like we’re trying to walk on egg shells.
Since Vashti had been disposed as queen for not obeying the king’s orders, do you understand how Esther might have been afraid for her own life if she went to see the king uninvited? And with him not having called for her to see him for 30 days, she was probably wondering how the king felt about her.
Then the messenger arrives with news that Mordecai is mourning in sack cloth and ashes. Having refused the new clothing that Esther sent him, Mordecai sends her a copy of Haman’s decree that on a certain day all the Jews are to be destroyed, and urges her to go before the king and intercede for her people. She hesitates to go to the king uninvited, but Mordecai reminds her that to fail to do this would be also be a death sentence for her and her family.
Included in his response is this message: “Who knows if you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther knows that she dares not trust her own wisdom to handle this situation, which is why she asks Mordecai to have the local Jews fast and pray for her while she and her maidens do the same.
Do you wonder what God’s purpose is for your life? When you encounter difficult situations, what will your response be? Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Perhaps God has called you to proclaim His kingdom at such a time as this! As you respond, remember that the only effective way to meet this crisis is to spend time in prayer for wisdom to accomplish His purpose for us.
During such a time, stay connected to Christ Alone!
–Ted and Shelli Baze