He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.
If you haven’t read the book of Esther, I encourage you to do so. First, because it’s in the Bible and reading the Bible is highly encouraged. Second, because there are some cool twists that come into play that make this story super interesting.
I don’t want to give anything away, so, I’ll just leave it at that.
However, there is a noteworthy part that I want mention. A part that particularly hit home for me. A promise that I need reminded of today. And just maybe, you do too.
So, here it is. Are you ready?
God’s faithfulness is never in question. Our obedience is.Click To Tweet
I hate that this is true.
Not the God is always faithful part, of course; but, that there would even be the question of my obedience. A time when I am not trusting God or not willing to step out of my own agenda to fulfill His purpose.
This is where Esther excelled! God placed her in a position for a purpose and she had a choice to make. Was it an easy decision? No. She would be risking her life. This gave her a moment of pause, but, her uncle/dad (I told you it had twists), encouraged her with these words…
You can either be an instrument of God’s faithfulness or He will choose someone else.
I paraphrased but that is the gist.
Her uncle/dad, Mordecai, knew that God was always faithful. And God’s faithfulness was not in question. Esther’s obedience was. Mordecai saw Esther’s position in the kingdom as a provision of God and an opportunity for Esther to be an instrument of God’s faithfulness to save the Jews (God’s people and Esther’s family). Mordecai said, “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such time as this?”
Esther obeyed. She prepared her heart for the task by spending time in God’s presence fasting and praying.
Because she who kneels before God can go un-summoned before the king and find favor.
Do you believe God is Faithful; but, still lack the courage to step out in obedience?
If so, I wan’t to encourage you…encourage us to be like Esther. We need to spend time kneeling before the Lord and ask Him to prepare our hearts and minds for His service. We must surrender daily to His will. We must believe that God IS faithful. He will give us the power and courage to fulfill His purpose!