“‘All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days’… Then Esther [said], ‘Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.’”
…”On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews… Then Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman and the plot that he had devised against the Jews. When the king held out the golden scepter to Esther, Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, ‘If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?’” Esther 4:11,15-16; 8:1,3-6
At the news of imminent doom for her people, Esther’s initial boldness in approaching King Ahasuerus was fueled by the earnest prayers of the saints on her behalf. It increased as the king extended his scepter, his receptivity to her request led from one feast to another, and she was able to expose, at just the providential time, the wicked Haman’s sinister plot. Once the king recognized Haman’s hatred for the Jews and his plans for violence against them, he had him hung. But there was still an edict that needed to be overturned in order to save the Jewish people, and Esther knew she had to step up again. (Esther 5-7)
Every time we step out in bold confidence in the Lord, He strengthens faith muscles that then yearn to be exercised again. He gives us opportunity to develop a lifestyle of trusting Him and His wise leading by supplying us the courage and will moment by moment, day by day. (Philippians 2:13)
With whom, or in what situations, am I lacking boldness to stand down, or to speak up? Where is God calling me to step out in faith- in a relationship, ministry, personal habit, or at work- believing He is sufficient and in control of every result?
“Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him,
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er,
Jesus, Jesus, Precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more.” ~Louisa M. R. Stead (1850-1917)
Father, fix my eyes on You over any risk. Grant me holy boldness to trust You more.