The time had come for Esther Queen of Persia to appear before the King. Do you think she was nervous? I think she probably was. Even though she had great faith in God, she was still human. However, we should not equate nervousness with lack of faith.
1 Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. 2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.
3 And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!”
4 So Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”
5 Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, that he may do as Esther has said.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
6 At the banquet of wine the king said to Esther, “What is your petition? It shall be granted you. What is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!”
7 Then Esther answered and said, “My petition and request is this: 8 If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”
Esther 5:1-8, New King James Version
Esther Queen of Persia
The time had come for Esther Queen of Persia, to appear before the King. Do you think she was nervous? I think she probably was. Even though she had great faith in God, she was still human. However, we should not equate nervousness with lack of faith.
So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.
It was a beautiful picture, was it not? Esther stood in the inner court; when King Ahasuerus saw her, he was pleased and held out his golden scepter to her. Not only that, but he asked her request, giving her up to half of his kingdom. But, what did she ask? She asked if he and Haman could come to a banquet she prepared for them.
The king immediately commanded Haman to come to the banquet Esther had prepared. The king then asked Esther again what her request was. Again, she did not answer, but instead asked Haman and the king to come to another banquet she would prepare the next day.
Why did she not just ask him the question that was really on her mind? Is it because she thought the king might deny her request? We really do not know, do we? However, we do know that God was leading her in her response. Other things needed to happen before she revealed her question to the king.
We find that Esther Queen of Persia was not only beautiful, but she was also very wise. She built a little suspense in not directly answering the king's question?
Unfortunately, we wish we were more like Esther. It is hard for us to wait for anything, often making us too impetuous in our decisions. Do you find the same problem in yourself, or, are you like Esther, who waited for the best time to make her wish known to the king.
Esther walked in faith, just as we, too, must do. A part of that faith is our understanding that God does lead us and guide us in many ways. He has not left us on this earth to sink or swim on our own.
Take time to build a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. As a Christian, He has given His very life for your salvation. Nothing is more important for us than our relationship with Christ! Remember, Esther Queen of Persia; it was her heart for God that made her worthy to fulfill the role God had ordained for her.
How is your heart relationship with the Lord?
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