2006-11-20 - The True Esther Emerges
Reference: Esther 4:6-17
Mordecai treated Esther as his own daughter. Mordecai kept his eye on her in the palace. He knew what the king was looking for in a queen, a beautiful woman. Esther was more than a lovely face. That is why Mordecai knew Esther could handle approaching the king in regard to the decree the king recently signed that would deplete the Jewish race, which included Mordecai and Esther.
Queen Esther faced death on all sides. If she went to talk to the king without his consent the penalty could be death. Esther also faced her fatality for all Jews were summoned to die. Esther sent a message back to her cousin Mordecai, saying she would go talk to the king. Before her confrontation, Esther wanted Mordecai to gather all the Jews of Shushan and fast for three days and she and her maids would do the same. God placed Esther in the palace at this appointed time to put her trust in Him and in turn be the catalyst to save the Jews.
Lord, Provide me with confidence, instead of this fear that has taken hold of me. Show me that You don't intend for me to be afraid of confronting people. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.