Faith

Esther: “And If I Perish, I Perish”

A few Sundays ago as I sat in church service, the pastor was preaching about purpose and he just so happened to mention Esther among a few other names from the Bible as references to the lesson. So, me, being the eternal student that I am recently decided to re-read her story, and, y’all, what a blessing it was!  Today, I want to share what God placed on my heart while I was reading her story.  


Let’s be real.

There is a large number of people nowadays, especially in my generation, who believe God saves us so that we may forever live comfortably and do as we please. I know this because I used to be one of those people and I still witness this everyday as a fellow believer. But, friend, what if I told you that that is far from the truth? What if I told you that God actually calls us to boldly step out in our faith and serve Him no matter the cost? Which happens to be quite the opposite of living comfortably and doing as we please?

Because He does.

There’s plenty of verses in the Bible that foretells us of this. Even reading Matthew 10 is a great place to see the reality of what a life in Christ could truly look like even for us. What Jesus told the disciples they would face after His departure goes to show that the servants are truly not above the Master. The Bible says in Romans, “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Did you know that most of the disciples were tortured, persecuted, and died for the faith? I’m not saying we too will face the exact same end to earthly life. But, friend, the Christian walk will not always be easy, otherwise, it would not be called a fight; but I can promise you this because of the promises of our Father, it will be worth it.

In this blog, I wanted to briefly focus on Queen Esther from her book in the Bible of Esther. Her story is absolutely beautiful to me, and not like a Disney movie because she married a king. Lol. No, much more beautiful than that because she was a woman of bold faith who believed in THE King even with her life on the line.

“Then I will go to the King, though it is against the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

{Esther 4:16}

Esther was a young Jewish girl who was chosen to replace the defiant Queen Vashti. The Bible describes her as an odd, pale orphaned young girl who was brought before the King Ahasuerus among other maidens. The king somehow took favor upon her and eventually chose her to be his queen. But Esther is not amazing because she became a queen to the king. She is amazing for what she did afterwards! She never told anyone she was Jewish as instructed by her cousin Mordecai because that was looked down upon back then in Persia. But eventually Haman, an opportunist of a prince, decided he wanted all the Jews killed because of a small offense. So Mordecai told Esther. At first she was hesitant to approach the king and preferred they kept peace, but Mordecai basically told her that she was born for such a time as this! This was her purpose! Let’s just say by the end, Esther became a woman of authority and she came through for her people! One of my favorite verses in the Bible is when she says “And if I perish, I perish.” She and all the people close to her fasted for three days and three nights before she broke the law and went before the king in his courts without permission. This was something punishable by death. And the king saw favor upon her and reversed the law passed to kill all Jews and many other great things and moments of justice that you can find in the book.

I share all that to say, just as Esther, you my friend, are born for such a time as this! God does everything for a reason. He knew and formed us long before our mothers ever did. You may not know exactly why you are here today, but your ultimate purpose on earth is to love God and to love others. Seek Him first and go into all the earth and teach the gospel. God does have plans for your life, but just like Esther and many others in the Bible, we have to be prepared to boldly step up to the call. I want you to remember, dear, that God loves you and wants to use you for your good and to His glory.

You are not too young.

You are not too old.

You are not too broken.

You are not too strange.

You are not too far gone.

You are not too anything.

God can and will use you mightily!

Just as Queen Esther and many others who served the Lord in the Bible, be bold. Be brave. Be full of faith. Stand up for what is right. Trust that the Lord will see you through any and all circumstances. Esther was a woman of radical faith and I admire that about her! May we also always be about our Father’s business!

“Don’t leave this earth letting everyone else use you, but God.” ♡

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
{Ephesians 2:10}

“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”
{John 17:18}

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
{Acts 1:8}

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
{Acts 20:24}


Ending note:

I am currently raising money for the Another Chance Recovery Support Program in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Everything I do for The Prodigal Daughter blog and Facebook page is all without charge or ever expecting anything because I love to serve the Lord. But if you feel led to do so, please click the link below and see if you would like to help with this amazing cause, y’all. I would appreciate it so much and I am sure those sweet souls will too!

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