The Miraculous Change
📖 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 (Est 5:2).
Esther was not called by king Ahasuerus for thirty days. There was an unchanging rule that any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned could be put to death (Esther 4:11). Esther knew this but went to see the king without being called after three days of fasting and prayer.
Meanwhile king Ahasuerus had learnt his lesson from his previous hastiness. Just because Vashti refused to come ONCE when he had summoned, he had rejected her forever. Perhaps he was waiting for the opportune time to extend kindness and had made up his mind not to repeat the same mistake twice. God had already worked in the king’s heart.
So he must have determined to show extra kindness to his queen. And at this juncture Esther approached him, perhaps trembling with fear. She knew her life was in risk as she was not summoned by the king. To her surprise the king was pleased to see her. God really TUNES and TURNS a king’s heart in the ways He want.
📖 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him (Prov 21:1)
Dear ones in Christ, God works in mysterious ways when we fast and pray. Though we see it or not God works behind the scenes. He knows when to harden hearts towards us. And He also knows when to make others show kindness.
God knows when to tighten rules and when to loosen rules. He works on our behalf. Just trust Him; keep trusting Him; trust Him more and more. Our unknown future is safe and secure in His hands.
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍️
November 1, 2020
Esther 7: 3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.
Queen Esther is the heroine in this story.
Queen Esther was a Jewish woman that lived in a patriarchal society.
However, her boldness and trust in God lead her to save a whole nation of people.
Esther was a woman of integrity. She was the chosen one, not only by God, but by the Persian king.
Esther’s obedience to God and her willingness to take a risk resulted in her people being saved from imminent death.
Esther made the decision to risk her life for the good of others. She specifically stated, “If I perish, I perish.”
In our current global climate, how do we hear Esther’s words?
Most of us don’t mind taking a step if we know the results.
But risky faith isn’t based on that.
Esther-faith isn’t based on that.
Wherever we are in our life, right now; good or bad, happy or sad, it’s the sum total of the decisions we have made.
Life is not made by the dreams we dream, but by the decisions we make.
God calls us to face challenging situations with bold action.
Today, we ask God to give us bold action to speak and work for justice.
How do we hear and acknowledge the injustice against marginalized people?
Can we pray today:……………
“Yes, God, Help me to be bold like Esther.
“Place me in areas where you need me.
Help me to respond not with fear but instead with faith.
Powerfully use me for Your kingdom”
Jooley Mathew Z