My friends, I hope you are doing well and being blessed as I am!
As we celebrate Mother's Day tomorrow, and Rev. Price posed the question,"Who is your favorite queen in the Bible?", I immediately thought of Queen Esther as my favorite queen in the Bible. Queen Esther exemplified courageousness, 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 was with her. 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 for her people. Just the same Esther showed boldness, we must do the same. When opportunity knocks at our doors, we must be ready to say what we need, and when someone needs our help, we must do what God wants us to do. When we do not take the opportunity to be a witness for God or help someone in need, God is disappointed in us. You see, our fear, our timidity may cause someone to lose the little hope they were hanging on to because we did not have the courage to be that 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 and we must step out in and on faith if we are to be obedient to and be blessed. We must always be steadfast with prayer. Prayer is powerful. God bless you.
Therese from Belize