“Lord Your Word is good enough for me” hallelujah! This is what came to my mind this morning. No matter what is happening in front of you or behind you. No matter what the circumstances surrounding you…God’s Word is good enough for you.
Remember the Centurion whose servant was sick and ready to die? Almost immediately when the Centurion had sent elders of the Jews to Jesus for Him to come heal his servant, the Centurion sent words back to Jesus saying, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof……..but say the word, and my servant will be healed” Luke 7:1-9 hallelujah! Faith in God always produces results. The Word of God is good enough for you and I. Faith in the Word of God always produces results.
When Jesus heard the words of the Centurion He marvelled at his faith and turned to those that followed Him and said, “…I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” And by the time the messengers got back to the Centurion’s house, they found the hitherto sick servant perfectly healed. The Centurion had faith that when Jesus says a Word, it will manifest.
This is the faith we need to develop in God’s Word. Whatever you are looking for, it is found in the Word.
Have Esther’s boldness and courage then go for it. If God is in it you are covered, protected and secured. The Book of Esther demonstrates that God can use anyone to fulfill His purpose and to serve His purpose. What if you are the one who can save your family, your community or the world for that matter. God can sometimes put you in an awkward, difficult, unsettling even life-threatening situation for a purpose.
Esther took a bold move and risked her life, she was concerned about others security more than her own security. How often can we do that? Are we willing to go an extra mile to help and stand for those around us? How frequently can we put aside self and put other people’s needs first?
Esther had an option 1. To decline/ignore or 2. To take a risk and go for it. She was open for advice and willing to act upon it. God Has a purpose for the situations He places us. We need to trust Him and obey His Word. Where God leads He always provides. Isaiah 58:11 says; The Lord will guide you always, He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Now Persian kings often held great banquets before going to war. Waging war was not only for survival, it was also a means of acquiring more wealth, territory and power. The king as the center of that power was one of the wealthiest people in the world during that time. Persian Kings loved to flaunt their wealth. So, King Xerxes threw a big party, the celebration lasted 180 days. When those days were over, the king gave enclosed banquet which lasted for seven more days. Meanwhile his wife Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace. Then on the last day of the seven days, King Xerxes commanded his servants to bring before him Queen Vashti so that he can show her off to the people but she refused to come and parade for the King and the people. Refusing the command of the King was against the law and once the law is broken consequences follow. King Xerxes had to issue a royal decree that Vashti shouldn’t never to enter the presence of the king ever again, she was burnished and her royal position was to be given to someone else, that is when we see Esther coming in.
The king was attracted to Esther more than any other women, he was taken by her beauty and character, she won his favor then he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen.
Have you find yourself in a situation that really doesn’t make sense to you but at the end of it you realize you went through it in a season for a reason to get you to the point where God wants you to be and then suddenly it makes sense to you.
Esther was an orphan, she lost her parents at a young age and her cousin Mordecai took upon himself to raise Esther as his own. God came through for Esther a nobody to somebody. Esther did not have a title after or before her name, she didn’t have a great status…BUT GOD hallelujah from an orphan to a queen how awesome and magnificent is that. It does not matter who you are or where you come from but when God wants to use you, He will use you hallelujah!
(Esther 4:1-17) When it was made known to Esther that not only Haman’s anger was directed to her cousin Mordecai but was also directed to all the Jews. Mind you Queen Esther never revealed her nationality and family background. How will she execute to ask the King to reverse the order commanded to kill all the Jews? When the order is issued it is unreversed it must stay forever. Esther then requested the Jews to gather together and fast for three days.
You cannot face challenges on your own strength, you need God’s intervention to guide you and protect you. God operates through our strength as much as through our weakness as well. Sometimes God puts you in a situation to act not just to sit and wait. Seek God more, His already in it and the victory is already on hand, only requires you to act.
When Esther finally made her petition known to the King, he not only agreed to spare her people’s lives but also honored Mordecai for the good deed when he exposed a plot to assassinate the King. It might look like your good deeds are not being noticed or acknowledged but God is the rewarder for those diligently seek Him. Hebrews 6:10 says; God is not unjust, He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.
Now going back to Esther; In the book of Esther we learn that God has a plan for each one of us. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future. What God placed in your heart, go for it. He has chosen you for such time as this….Hallelujah!
May God abundantly bless you!