An Answer for Esther – what next? (@dotsters)

Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.

14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?

15 Then Esther told them to give this answer to Mordecai,

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.
There has always been a special place in my heart for the book of Esther ever since I read it as a young person. Why? Well maybe because she was woman, maybe because she was willing to put her life on the line for her people, maybe because it seemed such an amazing story…

 

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I think this passage is for me a key passage for Esther, but also perhaps for us today. If we believe in Jesus Christ, would say we are Christians, and we are using facebook, twitter, blogs etc. appropriately and relevantly, then perhaps we too have come to this kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion, of encouraging others via social media to stand up for what and who they believe in. However that was the only part of this part of the story.
Had it not been for the fasting and praying that the Jews, Esther and her maids participated in, who knows what would have happened. Esther was prepared to die for her people but she also trusted God and Mordecai who had never let her down.

How often do we fast and pray because of a situation that needs something major to happen, do we really believe our God will do something for us? Has he ever let us down? He has never let me down, although I have let him down plenty of times… So why when something has gone wrong or when we are needing a miracle do we forget to pray until we are at the end of our tether? I am learning, have been learning but I still forget a lot of the time… However, maybe I am needed in this kingdom to encourage people to turn to God in prayer, for a relationship with him, I wonder what is your reason for being in this place at this time?

About dotsters

newly ordained as a priest and curate at Chester Cathedral, senior lecturer in Christian youth work, love singing, spending time with friends as long as i can have some space for me as well! most important people in my life, my family especially my 2 daughters. most important thing in my life - following Christ