Saddling Up Anyway

They told Esther's words to Mordecai. Then Mordecai asked them to return this answer to Esther: 'Don't think to yourself that you will escape in the king's house any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent now, then relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Who knows if you haven't come to the kingdom for such a time as this?' Esther 4:12 WEB

John Wayne once said that 'Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.' A young woman named Esther was once faced with a decision like that, and it could have led to her execution. There was a law was passed in the land to exterminate all the Jews that were living in Persia, and she was Jewish.

Esther had hidden her family's identity and she was safely living in the royal palace when her uncle Mordecai sent her word to go and speak with the king. Mordecai wanted Esther to try and obtain mercy for her people. But if Esther went into the king's chamber without first being summoned, it was an automatic death sentence, unless the king chose to pardon her by extending his golden scepter.

When Esther hesitated to take the message to the king, her uncle Mordecai told her that if she did not go, the Lord would send someone else, but she would miss out. Esther was just a young girl and very scared, but she pulled herself together and said: 'If I perish, I perish.' After fasting and praying for three days and nights, she went in to meet the king and convinced him to spare her people, and the one that devised the extermination plot was himself exterminated. There is a Jewish holiday called 'Purim' that commemorates the event.

It is easy to be strong when there is nothing to be afraid of, but faith is tested in the furnace like refined gold. Do not cower back from whatever you have to face today, for you are here for a purpose, for such a time as this. If God is for you, who can stand against you? If you withdraw, God will send someone else, but you will miss out on what He has in store for you. So stand strong, know that God is with you, and that you are well able to face whatever comes your way.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for bringing me to Your kingdom for such a time as this. It is no accident that I am living here today and I know that You have a plan and a purpose for me. Please fulfill Your will in my life, guide my steps, and draw me into a deeper relationship with You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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