The little book of Esther is another reminder of how God can protect, provide, and pronounce victory over the enemy, bring Glory to Himself, joy to His people, and touch others.
The era was during the reign of Ahasuerus – the mighty Persian King that ruled from India to Ethiopia, over one-hundred and twenty provinces. His conquering of Babylon brought with it all the captive Jews. Eventually the evil Mordecai manipulated the King into decreeing extermination upon all Jews throughout the land. The brave Mordecai knew that God could use Esther, if she was willing, but to intercede before the king could be instant death. In spite of all risks, listen to Mordecai talking to Esther, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, [then] shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?” (Est: 4:14) Courageous Esther risking it all stood before the great King and was granted permission to write whatever decree she desired and to seal it using the king’s seal. Once again, God spared the Jews.
Notice very closely the results when faith and courage unite before God to accomplish His will. (Est: 8:17) “And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.”
Thus, we learn that when the highest level of faith and courage stand together, God gloriously accomplishes His will for His people and for others! What a day it would be if just a small group of God’s people were so joyful and festive that fear would fall on the outsiders, resulting in many of them receiving redemption and joining us!
What about you, or perhaps you and another?