Esther 5:3 (AMP)
Then the king said to her, What will you have, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of the kingdom.
Through various events, Esther became the Queen of Shushan. What a break of a lifetime. This girl was an orphan and was raised by her cousin Mordecai. To top it off, she was a Jew who kept her identity a secret.
As Haman was plotting his master, flawless plan, so he thought, God’s master plan was already in place. This would shock the Jewish nation and everyone around them.
It is so important that we always walk in the plans of the Lord. Even the best master mind cannot compare to the power and Glory of Jesus.
Proverbs 19:21 (AMP)
Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.
Mordecai was devastated as he read the decree that was against his people. He rented his clothes and put on sackcloth with ashes and went about into the city and cried out with a bitter and loud voice. Where ever the decree reached, the Jews were in mourning. This was a tragic event for all Jewish descent among the land.
Esther had no idea what was going on until her maids and attendants came and told her that people were in mourning. Esther tried to console Modecai by sending him new clothing but he rejected them. She knew, then, that there must be something seriously wrong for Mordecai to be in this state. As she sends her attendant, Hathach, to him to get the details of the situation, she waits.
Modecai tells Hathach all that has happened and gives him a copy of the decree to give to Esther.
Esther 4:8 (AMP)
… charge her to go to the king, make supplication to him, and plead with him for the lives of her people.
Just as Herodias asked for the head of John the Baptist, Modecai asks Esther to plea for her peoples’ lives. Herodias’ daughter and Esther are caught in a very difficult situation where their influencers are requesting something. What would these girls decide to do? The coin can be flipped one way or the other.
Up to this point, Esther didn’t know what her God given destiny would be. She was raised by a good Jewish man who showed her all the ways of their culture. She was asked to hide her identity to keep her safe from persecution. Now, Modecai is asking to expose her identity to the highest authority in the land. Will she continue to trust Mordecai as her nurturer and closest influencer or does she choose to make her own decision?
What a choice to make! If she looks around her, she has everything she can think of. All the riches and comforts are at her fingertips. She could be quiet and say nothing, hope that her identity is not discovered, and continue living this lifestyle. Or does she step up to the challenge, tell the king who she really is, and petition for her people; taking the risk of losing everything?
This is a true test for all of us who walk in the Will of the Lord. When He tells us to do, say, or act on something, do we hesitate or we proceed in what He has said? Even the simplest things that we don’t think matters either way, make a difference when the Lord has his hand in it.
Esther 4:11-14 (AMP)
11All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any person, be it man or woman, who shall go into the inner court to the king without being called shall be put to death; there is but one law for him, except [him] to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may live. But I have not been called to come to the king for these thirty days. 12And they told Mordecai what Esther said. 13Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?
Mordecai couldn’t of said it any better; right to the point and precise of her calling. At that moment, the Lord’s Will was clear to Esther. She knew the steps she needed to take to save the Jewish nation.
The Lord had already given Esther favor from the first time the king put his eyes on her; he fell in love instantly. Through Mordecai, God molded, prepared, and set Esther up perfectly for this occasion; everything was in order to take place. All Esther had to do was walk through the rest of her destined journey to accomplish the goal.
When we’re enlightened in the Spirit on what needs to be done next, are we going to allow fear take over and not accomplish our mission or do we stand bold and push forward? Many of us get so close and in a blink of an eye can lose everything because we get afraid of what we may think is impossible in the flesh.
Matthew 19:26 (AMP)
But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.
Esther ordered all the Jews in Shushan to fast and pray for her for three days. She also had all her maids do likewise.
Esther 4:16-17 (AMP)
16…Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish. 17So Mordecai went away and did all that Esther had commanded him.
After they fasted, Esther prepared herself to meet the king in the inner courts. We can only imagine the anticipation as she put on her royal robes, dressed her hair and makeup, and walked towards him. She hadn’t seen him in over a month. Would her presence be welcomed or would she be shunned?
Do we walk around in victory knowing that the Lord has already won battles for us? Or do we succumb to the fleshly things of this world and get beat before even trying to fight what has already been won for us?
An author once said, “We have to be bold in our actions and we must flow with the Will of God in the service of God to obtain the power of God.”
Let’s meditate on those words as we go forward and take action on all the things God has in store for us.