October 31st, 2016
Putting Your Life on the Line
Esther 4:16 (KJB) Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
Esther had prayerfully communicated with God and steadfastly determined her necessary course of action according to God’s will for this dangerous situation. Esther was resolute in her obligation of coming before the King about this pressing matter concerning the fate of the Jewish people. She requested her people fast and pray to God concerning the outcome of this matter.
Her decision placed her life on the line, ushering in the possibility of great danger or even facing death.
But Esther determined: “if I perish, I perish…”
She was willing to stake her own life in the middle of danger in order to come before the King uninvited about the fate of the Jewish people. These were her own people the Jews! There was a death wish out there against the Jews because of one wicked man who was determined to exterminate this race of people.
Esther went against what was customary and accepted in dealing with the King, who was her husband, in an attempt to preserve the lives of God’s chosen people. God’s power and presence turned the situation upside down. He protected Esther, saved the lives of the Jews, and hung evil Haman on the gallows foiling his evil intentions against the Jewish people.
No situation is hopeless and no person is helpless when God’s will is determined and followed. God preserved Esther and her people against evil intentions and physical harm according to His will. Esther’s life displays the working power and presence of God