July 30, 2012

Esther 5:1,2
On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne, in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.

Esther asked her cousin Mordecai and the rest of the Jews to fast and pray with her for 3 days and it is on the third day this queen goes before her king. That had to be very frightening for this young girl. She knows she can be put to death for what she is about to do and the fasting and praying did not give her an answer. God did not send a prophet to her or a sign so she would know that she would be fine. She was going before the king hoping that God would grant her favor, but knowing that He may not. That takes a lot of faith in God to do.

When we are in trials of our lives there are two things that I believe are the hardest for us to accept. The first is, we didn’t see it coming so we feel blindsided, or sucker punched. The second is, we are no longer going in the direction we thought and we have no clue where we are headed. All we know is that life as we knew it is changed, altered and now is uncertain.

These trials can come to us by way of disease or accidents. It can be through a loss of employment or marital status. Trials happen in ways we least expect and we always believe that we are ill prepared. However, that is not the case and we are learning that in our Esther study. God does prepare us and he does it in stages. You may think that this was a sudden change in Esther’s life but it isn’t. The proof in that is that she asked for everyone to join her in a 3 day fast and prayer. She knew that she had to go to God before she can go before the king. She knew that this did not guarantee her safety but she understood it kept her with God. This was not something she learned suddenly, on the spot, she learned this and she carried this wisdom and knowledge with her to the kingdom.

In the rest of this chapter as you read it you will notice that Esther does not just blurt out to the king what her request is but rather she wisely does something to honor him. I am sure God impressed that upon her as she prayed and it is a very wise move. Her faith in God has prepared her for such a time and we will see next week how God’s plan all comes together.

Write down where you are in your life right now, please record what is going on. Tomorrow or the next day you may see the hand of God move you over or to a new spot. Then you can look back and see how God prepared you. God does prepare you because God never sucker punches His children. He catches us after Satan does and shows us how He saw the blow coming and how we will recover. He is Omnipresent He is our God, He is our Father and He is always for us.

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