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“All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.”
Queen Esther’s words here depict a point in her life that altered history. It’s also a point in her life that she had to decide between fear and faith. Though she was the queen, she faced death if she were to approach the king before she was called. If she didn’t go before the king, all of her people—the Jews—were called to be killed after a decree was issued as law.
Anyone in her position, as long as they were human, would have fear settle in at the decision before them. Esther chose to grab hold of courage instead of letting fear paralyze her. She chose to place her trust in God that He would lead her and protect her. As a result, the king held out his scepter to her and she was saved and able to tell the king of the plot against her people. The king then sent out a second decree to help the Jews, overturning the first one.
Though you may not be facing fear of death as Esther did, you may be facing fear of change, failure, rejection, financial crisis or loss. Whatever situation or insecurity in your life is causing you to fear, all it is doing is holding hostage the prize God has waiting for you.
God does not intend for us to live in fear, rather to trust him in fearful situations. In Him we have freedom and peace—it is a place where fear does not rule but faith does!
“Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them.”
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