My friends, I hope you are doing well and being blessed as I am!
The Book of Esther has been in my mind lately, in a very strong way, and then as I was listening to my favorite satellite radio station, Channel 32, the Praise channel, a song by Juanita Bynum played, One Night With the King. You know that's my confirmation to write about Esther and her courage, her faithfulness to God, and the love she had for her people. Esther, a young lady who was raised by her cousin, Mordecai, became the Queen of Persia. The importance of her story is that she had faith in God that He would deliver her people, the Jewish people, from the hands of Haman who wanted to destroy them. Esther went before the king and told the king exactly what she wanted him to do for her and her people. You see, my friends, she was being in obedience to God, she fasted, she had patience, she prayed and she had faith that God would allow the king to hear her. She stepped out on faith when she went before the king. If he was displeased with her, he would have killed her. That was a risk she took because she had enough faith that God had her back. As a result of her obedience to God and her love for her people, the king gave her what she wanted, that is, set her people free from Haman, who wanted to destroy them.
My friends, Esther had only one night with the king and she was prepared to let him know what she needed. The same way, when opportunity knocks at our doors, we must be ready to say what we need. When we do not take the opportunity to be a witness for God or help our friends, neighbors, enemies when they need help, God is disappointed in us. Our timidity may cause someone to lose the little hope they were hanging on to because we did not have the courage to be a witness to them. We must be willing to fight for God's people, we must be willing to step up to the plate when we are needed and when we are called. Remember what Paul told Timothy, God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). We need to start standing up for what is right, we need to start standing up and be a witness for God.
My friends, do what Esther did, she stepped out in faith. We must live in faith if we are to be blessed by God. Try it.
Therese from Belize