“She obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen”- Esther 2: 17
Queen Esther’s story in the bible still brings a great awe to all of our hearts. Especially to young ladies, the portion where she found favor in the eyes of everyone who saw her, tickles our hearts with wonder. An orphan girl taken care by her uncle raised up to be a Queen, is just God behind the scene.
It also mentions that the King loved her more than any other woman and she was called by name. Stunning privilege yea? She never had to go to the parlor to get manicure, pedicure, hot oil treatment, waxing, or facial done. She just had it all available, the best food, a good bed to sleep and incase of backache there were a lot of maidens to give her a good massage. *Sighs- in marvel*
But there is peculiar passage, that made this woman say, “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.” (Esther 4: 11)
Favor, grace and life in abundance! Yet from the mouth of a woman who had it all came these strange words that should stimulate our minds to ponder. There are certain times in our lives, God brings us to a spectacular place and everything is going smooth. Yes, God did it, He is in it with you and you know for sure He will continually be with you. But this faith is tested!
The law was something Esther couldn’t think of going against, be it favored or loved or honored, LAW IS LAW. She could have sat back and told Mordecai, “I cannot go because this is the rule”. Why shouldn’t she? She was the Queen!
In lives, our gifts from God will be tested between commitment and fascination. Somebody close could come and tell you, let it go, it’s not worth any risk, it’s not worth your time, it’s stealing your time with friends and family, it’s just beyond your capability, it’s not even worth your forgiveness or love. But what would you do? Listen to Mordecai (representing the Holy Spirit), or succumb to law based self-image protection and easy go attitude?
Even a favored Queen needed to fast to gather boldness to go before the King. Fasting is not a barter system object (you fast and God just grants). It’s a step to humbling ourselves and letting go of unbelief, a step to be willing to give up self for the sake of His Kingdom. It’s our Faith to give up self, and look beyond the law and focus on the grace of El-shaddai.
Friends, all of us who are fasting, should fast with the intension of dying to self. Eventually be sure, a GOLDEN SCELPTRE will be lifted by the Father to welcome your request and answer it right on that moment. Esther waited before she saw the King, wait on God before you take drastic steps in life. You need to hear from God before you move forward in any area of your life. Don’t quit, just hang on! Quit thinking about your needs, wants and longings in your life. He will just grant the BEST at the perfect time, as His thoughts are higher than yours.