The Story of Esther is a great story of faithfulness. It articulates God’s faithfulness to His people, It articulates Mordecai’s faithfulness to God, his niece, and the chosen people of Israel. Finally, it shows Esther’s faithfulness to her uncle, to God, to Israel, and to her husband the King. Esther is the only book of the Bible where God is not once mentioned. Despite that, God is incredibly prominent throughout the verses. His faithfulness to protect and prepare His people shouts out from each of the chapters.
In the story, Esther remains faithful to Her uncle’s leading and becomes queen of Persia. As Queen, she is faithful to God and to her husband. In that time, however, she is told of a plot to annihilate the Jewish people. After much prayer and fasting she approaches the king, risking her own life. Her faithfulness pays off and Israel is spared and even empowered within their exiled land.
The critical message of the book comes in the fourth chapter. Esther is asked to approach the king even though it could cost her everything. Esther questions the request and shares her fear for her very life. Her uncle tells her, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
We each have a different journey. As we look at others and their paths, we sometimes become discouraged and envious at our not receiving the same life or an easier journey. God reminds us that, like Esther, maybe all that we have experienced and endured has prepared us for such a time as this. Like Esther, we must remain faithful even at our own personal risk. That faithfulness could literally change lives and or save the world. The important message is that we must remain faithful to God. He has and will remain faithful to us.
Two verses that highlight God’s faithfulness should be our focus: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future!” Jeramiah 29:11. “For we know that all things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28
Like Esther we must remain faithful. We need to trust God’s plan and know He will control the ultimate outcome.
God Bless You
5 Then Esther summoned Hathak, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.
6 So Hathak went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. 7 Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. 8 He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told him to instruct her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.
9 Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
17 So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.