Yesterday, we jumped into a conversation between Queen Esther and Mordecai, as he shared with her a plot to kill the Jews by Haman.
Mordecai reminded the queen that she must act – she cannot think that because she is the queen, harm will skip by her.
Today, we how the story ends.
Mordecai says to Queen Esther,
“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”Esther 4:14
Queen Esther was the only one who was in a position to go to the king and seek protection for her people.
She replies to Mordecai,
“Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.”Esther 4:16
Esther acted on the information she was provided; however, she first came before the Lord to seek His counsel. She did not act instantaneously but acted after she prayed and fasted.
Many times, we make a move in a quick manner without consulting the Lord. If we pause for just a beat, we allow God to guide us to the right answer.
The answer may still be what you originally thought, but you took the time to ask God to guide your decision.
The End of the Story
Queen Esther approaches the king and asks for permission to throw a party. She invites the King and Haman.
For two nights, Esther throws a party for the king and Haman.
On the side, Haman is furious with Mordecai and prepares a place for him to die.
That night, the king is restless and has the record of his reign read to him, and realizes he never honored Mordecai for saving his life from a conspiracy to kill him.
On the second night of parties, Haman and the king are dining. Once again, the king asked Esther what was her request.
“For my people and I have been sold to those who would kill, slaughter, and annihilate us.”Esther 7:4
The king replies,
“Who is he?”
And Queen Esther answers,
“This wicked Haman is our adversary and our enemy.”
At that moment, Haman’s fate was sealed. Haman would meet a painful death along with his family and co-conspirators.
In the end, the King Xerxes reversed the order of Haman, and gave the Jews the right to protect themselves.
Many people are in places of honor and influence in their circles. As leaders, we cannot be silent. We need to speak the truth in love and use the influence we have to affect change.
Just as Mordecai advised Esther, the advise remains the same for us,
Who knows, maybe you are in your current position for such a time as this to influence and affect change for generations to come.
How can you make a difference today?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the example of Esther and Mordecai. May we affect change in circles we serve within. Help us to make a difference in the life of one person today. Amen!