READ: Esther 4:1-17

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” { Esther 4:14 }

When Esther won the crown and went from orphan girl to royalty overnight, I doubt she had any idea that there would be such a high price tag to come with her prestige. It’s hard to speculate what ideals she may have dreamt up in the year she spent in the palace while receiving her beauty treatments with all the other girls…maybe some sort of Cinderella-type romantic fairy tale.

We read in Esther chapter 4, that her fairy tale took a serious turn for the worse when her friends relayed the message that her cousin Mordecai was in sackcloth and ashes, causing a scene at the city gate. How embarrassing, right?? It says she was “deeply distressed” {Esther 4:4}. Her first move was to send him some clothes to put on! It may be safe to assume here that Esther’s primary concern was how this crazy cousin of hers was making her look.

It was only when he refused to put on the garments she ordered him to wear that she cared to inquire about the reason for his lament. Her fairytale came to an abrupt halt when she discovered his just cause for acting like a crazy person in the town square; her husband had issued a decree to annihilate all of her people. Her husband…was going to kill her people. And with the news of this decree came a command from the man who raised her: “You must stop this.”

Like most of us, her first instinct when shoved into this tight corner was to find a way out. “EVERYONE knows that you can’t go to the king without being invited. You will literally be killed unless by some miracle he extends his golden scepter to you. But he won’t be showing me such favor~ he hasn’t even asked to see me in the last 30 days.” He’s gone a month without asking to see his wife? Ouch. That doesn’t sound so fairytale-ish either.

Mordecai’s response to this was a direct hit to Esther’s inward focus. He knew her eyes were fixed on herself, so he nailed her on it: “Don’t think you’re safe from this death sentence just because you live in the palace! You have a choice to make, sweetheart…You can expose yourself to possible death from your husband, or certain death from your enemy. But your silence will guarantee you and your family will not live. “ This sounds really harsh and scary, but if we read really closely, we see a radiant glimmer of faith and hope in Mordecai’s message.

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? {Esther 4:14, ESV}.

Do you see it? He reminds her…This is not about you. It’s about God. He’s inviting you to be a part of His story (HISTORY). But with or without you, His plans will succeed.

Sometimes we have to be cornered for courage to kick in; we must decide who we want to be over what we want to do. Esther’s story is all about that defining moment. Will we look inward or upward? Respond in fear or faith?

She decides to be brave. She resolves to petition the king, but not without petitioning God first. She calls for a fast, rallies her community around her, and believes God will hear their cries for help.

Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish. {Esther 4:16, ESV}

She teaches us an important lesson here:

Instead of fixing our eyes on ourselves, or our battle, fix your eyes on the One who holds the victory to every battle!

Esther shows us how to walk in our royal identity as daughters of the King of Kings.

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I have made you and I will carry you;

    I will sustain you and I will rescue you. {Isaiah 46:4}

God’s instruments may fail, but His promises will not. His promise is to carry us, sustain us, and rescue us. Perhaps for such a time as this, beloved daughter, He wants to use you to carry, rescue, or sustain someone else. Will you be the fulfillment to His promise to someone in need of Him?

Believe it! Trust it! Live it!REFLECT:
  • Has there been a defining moment in your life, when you realized God is all you need and you took a risk proving your faith in Him?
  • Knowing God’s unconditional promise to His people is to love, carry, and rescue them, how specifically can you position yourself to be a fulfillment of this in someone else’s life?
  • Reflect on how it makes you feel to be an instrument of God’s promises. How does it make you feel to know that if you don’t obey, He will find another way to keep His Word?

God, thank you for calling us to greatness. Thank you for defining moments in which we are confronted with our humanity and given the privilege to choose You over what seems safe. You make us brave. We praise you for the promises you have kept in our lives, and we ask you to use us as instruments of your grace in the lives of those around us. Help us to love like you love, serve like you serve, and stand up for righteousness and justice, even against opposition. Use us to shape history for your glory. Amen.

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Elizabeth Oschwald
Elizabeth Oschwald
I’m Elizabeth, wife to an industrious, handsome fixer-upper {I mean…he fixes things, not he needs to be fixed} and Mom/Stepmom {a.k.a. Imma} to 6 amazing kids. I homeschool the ones I hatched myself, and we live on our family farm in central Illinois. I love to write about our real-life experiences, how Jesus is in everything, and how God can redeem even the biggest messes in the most beautiful, unexpected (and very Brady) ways. You can read more about my crazy crew at!

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