Esther: Day 8

Ask Boldly of the King

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Today's Text: Esther 5, Hebrews 4:14-16, Ephesians 3:11-12

Text: Esther 5, Hebrews 4:14-16, Ephesians 3:11-12

“If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my wish and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come to the feast that I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”
– Esther 5:8

It is amazing to me how many symbols are woven throughout the book of Esther that point to Jesus Christ. Though God is never mentioned, time and again we see His plan and purpose in the midst of what could simply be regarded as a good read.

Esther waits until the third day, after fasting, to go to the king (Luke 24:46, 1 Corinthians 15:4). She adorns herself in royal robes (Isaiah 61:10). Though her husband has not called for her in 30 days, a sign of coolness towards her, she goes boldly before the king with a request which could cost her life (Hebrews 4:16).

Each of these moments, as Esther waits to hear her fate from a man who has been displeased with far less from a wife (Vashti before her), points to Christ and our relationship with the True King through Him. We can go before our Lord, asking boldly and without hesitation, because Christ stands in righteousness that covers our sin (1 Corinthians 1:30)!

Even with her life spared, the golden scepter given, half the kingdom offered, and Haman and the king at the feast—Esther does something I find extraordinary. The king again asks her what she wants. And Esther asks him to come back tomorrow.

Why is this? She has her king there, willing to give her anything, while the man who would wipe out her entire race is sitting beside her. They are happy and content. This is the time.

If we see one repeated detail about Esther, it is her ability to be patiently obedient. She never rushes. She fasts, waits, thinks, asks. We aren’t told why she waits another day to ask the king to spare her people, but in these moments where the entire fate of the Jews hung in the balance, God was there. He’d ordained this plan so far, and as bold as Esther had been, she understands this was not the right time. Risking wrath, her royal position, and her life a second time, she asks for a delay. In the next day, everything comes together. The king realizes fully what Haman has done, and Haman’s downfall is complete.

Esther was not only brave enough to wait, she was bold enough to ask a second time. She went before a king who’d earned a reputation for his bad temper and rash judgments, and she asked the impossible. How much more confidence should we have in approaching a King who loves us and has given everything for us to be welcome before His throne?

“Esther came to a proud imperious man; we come to the God of love and grace.”
- Matthew Henry

Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
- Hebrews 4:16, HCSB

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  • Bekka Barron

    I love how humble and patient Esther is. Like, she is stoked the Lord is with her and gave her favor so she DID NOT DIE on that day. And Haman is like, look at my things – they make me so happy.

  • Julie Christiansen

    I think I take the throne room for granted and don’t realize how special it is when I speak to the King – yet He makes it available for us for the purpose of hearing us and our deepest emotions – praise our God!

    • sephanei

      Yes! love how we enter into that throne room in prayer each time we do. Not something I fully comprehend either. Our prayers our like bowls of incense before Him!! Also, I know the text doesn’t say exactly why Esther delayed…..but in a very human way and in a way that I have done many times, in “stage fright” I have gone before someone before, to ask one thing and then in the moment of truth, asked for something else. How much nicer is it to ask a request over a meal and feast while you are communing with another than at a throne. Reminded of how Jesus left his Father to come to this Earth and commune with us! He welcomes all to eat His bread and drink his cup! for His yoke is easy and burden light.

  • WOW!!

  • I love that quote! It really puts things into perspective!!! Praise the LORD:)

  • Lord you delight in mercy. you are kind you are NOT a tyrant KING. Micah 7:18

  • Patience looks like me holding my sharp tongue….barely. Or letting a car cut in when they should’ve MERGED WAY BCK THERE, LIKE THE REST OF US! Lol!! This lesson shows patience that looks like confidence, peace, and boldness to not step back in fear of man….ask AGAIN! I Iove how her service to the king and Haman thru cooking for them is such an important environment for Gods perfect flawless plan. We don’t hear once that she thought of over-cooking Haman’s steak out of spite! But Christ covers us with the same presence and completeness…like we know Gods whole plan in our circumstance-kinda like we can read beginning to end of Esther. Patience looks like Jesus, not like a huffy mother in the car pool lane at the elementary school. My mentor cautions against praying for patience….for reasons that are quite humorous, but also….it’s fruit….Produced by the Holy Spirit, not by my will power but my surrender to Him.

  • Jacqueline

    Her patience is remarkable. She didn’t rush to act or react. I love how she showed grace in her actions.

  • I love that it is so evident that God is with Esther. That even though not mentioned, every detail of the things she does or doesn't do show His demeanor. Patiently and obediently she is, but not with Him. And how that must have been the very demeanor that Esther held with her, bold but humble and kind but not soft. She was strong but beautiful and its amazing that you see all of this through the scriptures. It really shows us what it truly is to be patient, obedient, beautiful, humble, bold and kind. Love this!

  • Tiana Urias

    I look forward to waking up everyday and reading my devotions

  • This morning, verse 1 stuck out to me as I picture in almost a movie-like way Esther standing boldly, the king looking up and seeing her standing there. I picture her with grace and humility mixed with enough confidence to make the king curious about why she is there.

    I had never even considered her patience! I'm often quick to blurt things out just to rush through the awkward or dangerous moment. It's amazing to me that Esther had the peace not to do that. It reminds me of one of yesterday's verses, Jeremiah 10:14, when the Lord says he will "gather you". If you have peace and trust that the Lord will "gather" you when he needs you, you're able to stand with peace and confidence.

  • Chocolate Ganache

    How in a rush I am to be released from the circumstances of my training in righteousness! Every time I turn a new corner of understanding, I try to rush God – okay, right, I see, now I get it, please make the hard part be over now! He's teaching me big lessons. He knows how long it is going to take. Rather than telling Him His job, I want to relax into patient obedience.

  • I can’t help but wonder about Mordecai as he’s watching the gallows going up! We know the rest of the story but I wonder if he thought “what?? Another banquet??”

  • Joy Billops

    Brave enough to wait! Bold enough to ask again! Love this and such a great reminder.

  • Brooke McGlothlin

    Patience is my nemesis. I struggle with it constantly. Such a good reminder

  • wow um I don’t know where to start. I’ve been so sick and have stopped asking God for healing because I didn’t feel like He cared (believe it or not). God has been teaching me major patience my whole life and this seems to be the epitome of it all. I can be so patient and willing to see that I am not useless while I am waiting to be healed now that I’ve read this. I don’t know how, but God opened my heart for me before I began reading this, thank you Alyssa Falkinstien. This seems so easy to see but I have been blinded by pain and fear in certain areas of my life for awhile now. I need to read the Book of Ester tonight. She’s is such an inspiration.

  • Antimony

    This. “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. (Hebrews 4:16). Can I really approach God confidently? Really? I’m terrified to even try to talk to Him. I read. And I talk about Him some. And sometimes I feel like I’m trying to find my way (back?) to Him. But I’m so scared. So scared.

    • LizS

      Hi Antimony. So many times we liken God to authority figures in our lives, or feel Him to be unapproachable or that we are unworthy. I have felt that in my past, too. I am so grateful that God, in His longing for relationship with us, did ALL the work of bridging the chasm of our sin, meeting us right on the ground in the person of Jesus. Yes, dear girl, you can approach Him. He's waiting for you with open arms! What a gift He gives us! Take care.

  • Kasey Tuggle

    We can approach our Father always! Such a priviledge! Thankful for my Lord to care so much about me! And all children of God.

  • Hi friends. All day I have been thinking about how God reached toward us with a "scepter" made of rugged, splintered wood, making it possible to come into His presence. Thank you, from the depth of my soul, Papa God. How I love You!

    • Lisa

      I’m late in reading this study, but am grateful for it now. Your words about the scepter of wood are full of beautiful imagery. God is our father in all ways.

  • carolekeegan

    What struck me was how patient Esther was. She was patiently obedient! WOW! Relying on the Lord for the right time is so worth it. I am so thankful God gave us a role model like Esther.

  • May God give me strength and grace to become more like Esther. Patience is one of my biggest struggles! I have currently been separated from my husband for a year now and everyday I struggle with the regret that I boxed up all of mine and my 3 year olds things and demanded he drive us home.. I'd push and push and gave ultimatums like there was no tomorrow, all I wanted was for my husband to make his family his priority, I wanted his love and all I felt was unappreciated everyday, needless to say it drove me crazy! Yes I was dying on the inside trying to get his approval but I realize now that I didn't need it, I needed to seek to please God and serve him and get to know Him and realize that I was special and loved in His eyes and if I focused on that and trusted GOD He alone would work on my husband. I kick myself now for not being a better wife, for not being like Esther and simply relying on God. I started the divorce process when I left and have gone through it all alone. It is not final yet because I refuse to push and regret like I did with walking out but waiting on any sort of response from my husband is dragging on longer than my flesh can wait.
    I have been reading along with She Reads Truth for a while now and I am so grateful to God that he has lead me to this wonderful community full of strong and faith filled women! I know many of you have been here before and have even dealt with more than I have so I ask for prayer!
    Prayers for strength and grace and wisdom to make a decision based on what the Lord is telling me to do and not on my emotions! To know exactly when enough is enough or when God is telling to hold on a little longer.

    I want to be obedient and patient, I want to say Yes to God and whatever He asks of me!

    Lord guide me and show me what my next step is, whether it is to move or wait, give me the strength to follow where you lead! In Jesus name, Amen.

    • Jenny Raymond

      Oh, Father, I lift Maxine up to you Lord. I know that you are the great healer and the changer of hearts. Lord, I ask that you continue to whisper to her heart, that she will trust you in everything, will know how to approach you like Esther, and when to be patient for your timing. I lift up her estranged husband, that he may likewise seek your face, that if it is your will that they may be led by You towards reconciliation. Be with them both, as well as their child, that Lord they would see your hand and immeasurable love towards them – even when it’s hard and scary. Amen.

      • Maxine

        Thank you so much for your prayers Jenny! It means so much to me to have other women of faith praying along with me! Hugs and many blessings! <3

  • Esther=patient & obedient

  • So fitting for me to read this as God has me on this prayer journey to literally pray about EVERYTHING, to go boldly to Him because he wants to be involved in the handling of my daily affairs. This is great!

  • I needed this very badly today. I put my hope in man, and man disappoints. God never does but man is another story. I need a lot of grace, and healing and sleep. Please pray for sleep, it's been days since I've been able to sleep well. This series of Esther is the best and I am loving every second of it.

  • Marcella

    I have often, OFTEN, prayed for greater patience, but today I realized that the kind of patience I have prayed for is very different from Esther's. I have always asked for patience when dealing with other people, patience to not grow angry as quickly. Ester has patience in her life, a sort of calmness and rest that comes from fully trusting her God. Today, this is the kind of patience I prayed for and the kind I wish to have. I don't just want to be slow to anger and patient when dealing with others, I want to have that calmness in my entire life.

  • I've always wondered why Esther asked the king and Haman to wait one more day. However, I'm learning that's not the point. The point is that God was on her side. And because she was patient and obedient, everything worked in her favor. She didn't rush. She didn't complain. Oh how often I want to rush through things and complain when circumstances don't work out. I want to blame God and accuse Him for not being there. But again, that's not the point. There is much to be learned and reveal in the patient obedience and waiting.

  • I am always amazed with the patience that Esther has, especially considering her dangerous circumstances. It puts into perspective that I should be more patient in every circumstance in life and also leave the worrying in the trash and truly put all my trust in the Lord and His plan for me. Also, I shouldn't be nervous to go to the Lord with all my requests, because He already knows them and He wants me to tell Him them.

  • God help me to be patient, to plan, to prepare, to know my place and trust in You that You will make all things work together for my good. Help me to be confident in who I am in all circumstances. Haman was happy when he was being served and furious when Mordecai showed no acknowledgement to him. I don’t want to be led by emotion. I want to be stable, rooted in You so that no matter how someone treats me I always remember that I am serving You, God.

  • Reflection on Diana's question: "How much more confidence should we have in approaching a King who loves us and has given everything for us to be welcome before His throne?"

    For King Ahasuerus this coming to and requesting (perhaps groveling sometimes), more than likely puffed-up his ego and fueled his power, but I see that when I do this requesting before Christ it only allows me to feel His love more deeply and know His power as a positive covering over my life. It's all about His love–because He is filled with mercy and He fuels my life with His grace.

  • It surprises me that Esther did not become bitter when she heard about what Haman had done. Haman's anger and bitterness really backfired on him! The NASB study notes for verse 9 say, "hatred and bitterness are like weeds with long roots that grow in the heart and corrupt all of life." Hebrews 12:15 proclaims that we should make sure "that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled." Lord, thank you for Esther and the reminder to slow down, think, ask, pray, forgive and cut out anger! Amen.

  • Courage is something I lack immensely. I am such a fearful creature, wary of the good and the bad. I am not brave. I am not bold. I’ve been shaking in my boots my entire life–about everything. I feel like the opposite of Esther. My flesh knows I could never be her. I could never go before Pharaoh, or slay Goliath, or ask a kinsman to marry me and redeem me, or follow my Savior to martyrdom. That’s not me. My flesh screams to run in the other direction. My heart is too weak for those things. Yet, Your coming, the shedding of Your blood, has changed all that for me. You have placed the POWER OF GOD within me. God Himself dwells inside of me. I am no longer approaching the impossible by myself on my own strength. You give me FAITH. You give me STRENGTH. You make me BRAVE. In Christ Jesus, I can be an Esther, a Moses, a David, a Ruth, a Peter–for they were people just like me, empowered by a magnificent God. Holy Spirit, in my fear and insecurity, EMPOWER me. How I long to be a woman of great strength and courage. You have made me new and called me by a new name. You make me what I am not. #madenew #youmakemebrave

    • Christina D.

      Sarah your words gave me chills. I too have lived much of my life in fear. Your words of boldness and courage were like water for my soul. Thank you

    • Kimberly

      Dear Sarah, I heard a message recently that really has me thinking because I too can let fear be a hinderance in my life in certain areas. The speaker Havilah Cunnington, told of a time when she first began speaking publically. She was to give her testimony to a large group of young people and when the time came to go up on stage, she had a panic attack and ran to the back of the auditorium. When her father found her she told him she couldn't do it. He told her that she must overcome fear right then or it would rule over her for the rest of her life (her father is a wise man). Havilah said "God is not going to make you courageous, He wants you to do it scared and He will meet you there in that moment. He will add His supernatural to your natural in that moment." I think Esther "did it scared" and God met her in that moment. You and I must do the same thing. We must do it scared and God will meet us there. Blessings to you today sister!

      • Holly

        Love this! Reminds me of a song that goes, “just knowing You’re here with me now changes everything”. Thank you for sharing this story about doing it scared.

    • Barbara

      Yes and amen Sarah! We can have that boldness when wait and know it is God He is my confidence. God bless you

  • Beth Warner

    Lord, You are teaching me patience and obedience,boy!!… It’s not an easy task. Holy Spirit help me to stay on track so I can learn this. I want to be more like Esther.

  • Kendall_S

    Lord,

    help me not to rush

    to slow down

    to fast and pray

    to wait

    to think

    and then to ask

    may i be found obedient to you Father

    amen

  • This really was what I needed to hear today! I've been really struggling with waiting on the Lord patiently for a husband and marriage. What a good reminder to continue walking in obedience to his word and calling on him while waiting for him to bring the right man into my life.

    • SMC

      I’m with you, Rebecca! Praying (boldly) today for you and many single women in our situation, that we would wait patiently for God’s best & be able to weed out the counterfeits. ❤️

    • Kendra

      As a single woman I can definitely relate! And I always feel like I have to make such difficult decisions in the process of waiting on the right mate. May we learn to trust God and his timing ❤️

    • Kelcie

      go visit KellysKornerBlog.com today :) It's singles day ;)

  • Oh Lord how I need help to be patiently obedient. It's so much easier to act out on my own, try things my way. But oh that doesn't work. God has a plan and it's only in His timing. If Esther hadn't waited one more day, things wouldn't have worked out as perfectly as they did. Who knows what consequences might have followed… May that be a lesson in our lives as well. Lord, it is so hard to wait when Your timing seems so far off and uncertain. Give us the strength, the patience, the obedience, to follow You and wait upon Your blessing.

    • Gema Muniz

      Amen! Praying for this, this morning while I wait for God to work in my life and blesses me with the things I need.

  • Kara Gehret

    This hymn written in 1863 by Charitie Bancroft is on of my very favorites and oh-so-perfect to have running through my head today:

    “Before the throne of God above
    I have a strong and perfect plea.
    A great high Priest whose Name is Love
    Who ever lives and pleads for me.
    My name is graven on His hands,
    My name is written on His heart.
    I know that while in Heaven He stands
    No tongue can bid me thence depart.

    When Satan tempts me to despair
    And tells me of the guilt within,
    Upward I look and see Him there
    Who made an end of all my sin.
    Because the sinless Savior died
    My sinful soul is counted free.
    For God the just is satisfied
    To look on Him and pardon me.

    Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
    My perfect spotless righteousness,
    The great unchangeable I AM,
    The King of glory and of grace,
    One in Himself I cannot die.
    My soul is purchased by His blood,
    My life is hid with Christ on high,
    With Christ my Savior and my God!”

    • Maria

      1863 ? Wow! Reminds me of Hebrews 11 -& The Faithful Remnant. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful truths in this song.

    • Katie_K

      I love that one. There is a great modern version of it by The Modern Post. <3

  • Elizabeth

    I am just loving the story of Esther so much! I want to be like her- bold, patient and ready to do whatever needs to be done for my Savior!

  • There are so many things going on in my life right now. For the past 6 years, it has been an emotional roller coaster for me. At a time in my marriage when I thought we had gone through all the tough stuff, an my husband had an affair, we worked through it. My drug addict sibling came to live with us after treatment, he died of an overdose while living with me. My husband chose a prostitute to deal with job stress. Again, we are working through it. A coworker's drug addict brother commits suicide, all the feeling of my sibling come out again. I am an emotional wreck to put it mildly. Patient Obedience. To say I am having trouble with this topic is putting it mildly. To say that I would like to go to bed and cover my head with the covers, is exactly what I would like to do today and everyday. But, I get up put one foot in front of me, dress for work, spend my time with God, and go to work. And smile, yes I do that too with all of those around me. While the pain in my heart and in my body overtake me.

    God is preparing me for something. Oh, how I long to believe this, how I struggle to hang on to this. Pray for me today sisters, for I feel as though I am being consumed.

    • Brandi

      Praying for you my sister! Our Awesome Father is with you! He will never leave you or forsake you! And who knows? He may have you in this kingdom for such a time as this . . .
      Much love to you today! Praying you will feel His peace and you will feel His strength and you will feel encouraged!

    • SeeAnything (REM)

      Gayle… I will remember you in my prayers today. I understand the emotional roller coaster of dealing with thing after thing in my marriage. But believing that God has prepared me for such a time as this. Some days (most days) are so difficult. But I just pray that God will give you ALL that you need in your day today. That he will heal you and bring restoration in your life. And that through it all HE will be glorified. I pray that you will have peace in this day. And remember and even feel that God truly is with you ALWAYS. That you do not need to be afraid. That He provides the courage that you need to get out of your bed and to face these things in your life with Him by your side. Praying for you…

    • Katie_K

      Praying for you today!

    • Gema Muniz

      Praying for you Gayle. I understand what it is to be in the middle of the storm and not see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hold on sister, hold on to God’s word and now that he has you in the palm of His hand. I’m so sorry for everything your going through, but know that you will come out victorious. Believe that God will give you the strength, cause at the end of the day he is all we need. God bless you.

    • Beth Warner

      Dear Lord, I ask you wrap your loving arms around Gayle today and everyday. Let her feel your presence through all she’s going through. Also please let her husband to be strong in You, and to make better choices in dealing with stress. You can bring a marriage through anything Lord, nothing is impossible with you. Xo

    • Shelley

      Father God, help Gayle to feel the strong and safe touch of Your arms wrapped around her…hemming her in — both in front and behind. Help her today, moment by moment, to feel Your presence and allow her to see the joy of relying on You and knowing You…the One who heals all wounds and picks us up, dusts us off, and makes BEAUTY out of ashes. I pray for her to be strong in you and to find joy in You today…because she knows You love her and will never leave her. Bless her richly as she looks to you for daily help and strength. In the mighty name of our precious King Jesus, I pray this for her and for all of us. Amen.

    • Kimberly

      Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace,Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. I'm praying this verse over you today, Gayle. Wishing I could help you through this day. So thankful that we know the One who can!

    • Phoebe

      Gayle, God is with you! "God is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." – Psalm 34:18 Prayers <3

    • tina

      Gayle, sorry I've come to the table so late…work…just to say, holding you up in prayer, to know the hand of the Almighty lifting you, to know His strength around you, and to know you are not alone…He is with you…God bless you Sister…Love, Tina xxx

  • Lord, make me brave enough to wait and bold enough to move.

    • Christina D.

      This is so simple and beautiful. Thank you for this Kim!

    • Phoebe

      How true this statement is! It takes courage to be patient, but I'm thinking now, without that waiting God knows we might not have the ability to be courageous. He works in our hearts when we practice discipline, and shifts our thoughts and desires to what His will is. It's like this pep rally of sorts, stirring us up for the plan he sets before us. I have to patiently, trustingly, faithfully wait on the Lord. And he will move! He is faithful regardless of my faithfulness, but we get to be apart of what He is doing before we know the results. We are the ones who miss out if we forfeit that waiting. Just like Esther was called "for such a time as this," God was going to act. But the joy and purpose God extended her were a gift none of us want to miss out on. #preachingtomyself

    • Michelle

      I am so sorry I was trying to hit the thumbs up thumbs down by accident they're both so tiny on my tablet. But I loved your comment so so true

  • Oh, Lord, let me have the same patient obedience that You gave Esther – and give me confidence to come boldly before Your throne!

  • thelittlelaurents

    Patient obedience. Patient obedience. Patient obedience. This is my prayer today.

  • Oh boy, living with someone whose emotions shift so readily …. not easy. This passage is such a comforting passage for that though. It shows that when we are in a difficult situation, marriage or relationship the best thing we can do is wait patiently for our God. I know that sounds generic, and potentially really long, but it's true. So many times our emotions get the best of us. We are quick to react in our frustrations, quick to blurt out our needs, hurtful words or our own plans. And when that difficult someone is in a good and receiving mood, as the king was, it's hard to not want to get everything we need or say everything we've kept bottled up in those moments because we know they are fleeting. Before we know it we are just spewing vocabulary….good or bad. Esther is a great reminder that saying few things, remaining calm in emotion filled situations and trusting that God will put the things in place that we need to happen are the absolute best approaches. Her grace and quiet obedience is beautiful. And realize that we learn nothing of how she feels about the king. We don't know that there was even the least of love like in our marriages, but we can see that there was respect. We can see Esther knew that respect of her king, her husband was of the utmost in fulfilling God's desires for the situation.

    I am so thankful that we have a King we can freely approach. One we don't need to overthink our time with, who loves us each moment and desires to hear from us. One who continually shows us favor. Thankful that He loves us even when we forget what patience looks like, when we stammer or spew, when we stand in fright, frustration, anger or disobedience. Prayerful that I will walk through my days with a quiet reverance and grace just as Esther did. That I will seek God's will, not my own, even when my flesh seeks desperately other things. ~ B

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Ahhhhhhh…….YES!

    • Elizabeth S

      Beautiful reflection, thank you and Gods blessings on you!

    • SeeAnything (REM)

      Amen… I love how you related what we just read to our own marriages. This is where God has been working in my life and I know that so many times I have rushed in to bringing up things when looking back I see that to wait would have been so much more helpful in the situation! I need to have more patience… more obedience… more trust, that GOD's timing is so much better than the timings of my emotions. More respect…

      But how truthful… I am so thankful that we can have confidence to approach our KING. Anytime. We don't have to worry about him becoming angry with us. That we can make our requests to Him and know that He will hear us out with the big picture in mind.

  • Kelly_Smith

    I struggle with independence, feeling as though I can change things on my own. For me, approaching the throne is an act of humility. It requires letting go of pride, admitting I am not the king. I am thankful for God's mercy, that he listens to me in spite of my pride.

    • Elizabeth S

      Amen!

      That pride piece is such a thorn in my side…please pray for me today so that I may become less and He become more, that I am stripped of my pride so that I am able to share with His world and people only the gifts of His spirit. I will pray similarly for you Kelly! Thank you and bless you!

  • I wondered why Esther waited another day, so (spoiler alert) I read the next chapter. Hamaan is angered by the presence of Mordecai as he is headed home, and has a gallows built. The king couldn't sleep that night, so read the chronicles, discovering that Mordecai had saved him and never been rewarded. Esther didn't know all of this would take place, but it was God's plan. Everything had to fall into place.

    It makes me think how often I get impatient waiting on the Lord. I want an answer now. It is so important to wait on the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes His answer is "wait, not yet." He has to let all of these other things fall in place, for His perfect timing.

    I have been waiting for 13 years for a child. So far, my womb has not cooperated. I do not know if His answer is "wait" or "no." I do not believe it is no because His Word says that children are a blessing from the Lord. He tells us to be fruitful and multiply. Anyway, just last night I was talking to this dear woman in her 70's who had been told she would never have children, but had a miracle after 8 years of marriage. I was reminded of this conversation as I thought about waiting.

    Dear sisters, please pray that I will be ok with the King's answer either way. He still makes the barren woman dance like the mother of children! In Him, my joy is complete.

    • Candacejo

      My heart goes out to you dear Zuriel…my son and DIL have been married for 12 1/2 years with no blessing of a child yet either. We are not giving up just like you. I wanted to share their short video testimony with you today, praying it will encourage you. We serve a Mighty God! http://vimeo.com/album/2989095/video/101128729

      • Zuriel

        Thank you for sharing that video. We were young when we married as well. We had the same plan… have lots of children, I'd stay home with them. That has not been how it's worked, though. I don't openly share my story, either. When people ask if we have children, I just say, "no." It's much simpler than going into the details of the losses and the struggles.

        My first pregnancy was a few months into our marriage, ectopic. Soon after, a friend of mine told me her story. Her daughter was named Mireya, which means miracle. She was born after 12 miscarriages. I remember thinking at that time that I could never endure such a struggle. Fast forward 13 years… we never truly know the strength that lies inside of us. My story is not the same, but God has shown me strength, faith, dependence, and grace that I never knew I possessed.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Prayers lifted <3

    • Elizabeth S

      Zuriel,

      What a beautiful reflection on Gods perfect, sweet timing. I will pray to Him in thanksgiving for you and all the goodness that He is working through you – that you are a light and testament to the faith, grace and mercy that only He can provide. I wish we could know His plan for your motherhood but know that when the time is right, he will make all things clear to your soul as he did for the King. Oh, my heart aches for you and my pains seem much less, dear sister, as I too have been waiting on the Lord with my husband to be blessed with a child. Let us be persistently patient in seeking our Godly calling for motherhood but in the mean time, continue to align our will with His and be patiently persistent as sweet Esther was.

    • Miranda

      Praying for you today Zuriel. For peace, and guidance, and for you to feel God’s love surrounding you.

    • Meagan

      This was my exact thought Zuriel! I'm not sure Esther even knew why she was asking the king to wait another day, but it seems God was working (as He always does) behind the scenes. Perhaps the gallows that were built for Mordecai needed to be there as the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak, and that wouldn't have happened if she hadn't waited.

      Patience is hard, and I'm so sorry for the situation you're in. Waiting for children is especially hard, but I truly believe that God will bless you for your patience and obedience to Him. We don't always know if His blessings will be in the way we expect them, but we can be confident that it will be better than we can imagine. I'm saying a prayer for you today dear sister! Keep the faith!

    • Zuriel

      Thank you all for your prayers and beautiful comments. :)

    • Nana C

      Zuriel, I have a story of love for you. When my mother was 3 years old her mother passed and left her and her 2 sisters. Without all the details the father abandoned them. This was in the 20’s. Depression. Her mothers cousin along with her husband took them in. A young couple in their 20’s who had no children. I was raised loving them as my grandparents . If you knew them you knew of their love for The Lord. For the first 20 years of their marriage they had no biological children. And then The Lord gave them their own. She was named
      Joy. I believe with all my heart my aunt was a gift. A thank you so to speak for raising 3 little girls who desperately needed a home. Our Father is amazing and his love has no boundary . My grandmother was 40 when my aunt came along

    • Danielle

      Zuriel,

      There is a woman at my church who went through a similar situation. I think she had four miscarriages over the years. About two years ago God opened the door for her and her husband! Her child is so precious! God answered her prayer for a child and if He did it for her He can do it for you!

      Be encouraged!

    • tina

      Muriel, thinking and holding you up in prayers…Love, Tina..xx

    • chubbercheekies

      Sweet Zuriel, it can be so easy to see our longings for good things as "rewards" we will get for faithful service or "good" behavior or a certain set of rules we've been keeping in our attempts to honor the Lord. But I want to free you into the knowledge that nothing we can do can ever make God love us any more or less than He does right at this very moment. He is not withholding from you while He waits for you to perform. Children are a gift, most certainly, but they are not a reward for righteousness (Elizabeth was barren and was faultless before the Lord, Luke 1:5-7). I pray right now for children for you, be they from your body, from a relative's body, from a stranger's body, or "spiritual children" in the sense of disciples. God's command to be fruitful applies to the barren, too, love, so it couldn't possibly only apply to bearing physical children from your body.

  • Before reading this passage with the SRT community, I had never before noticed that Esther asked the King to “wait until tomorrow” to hear her request. Talk about boldness!

    Last night at church, our community heard about the persistent widow who “twisted the judge’s arm” to get what she wanted. In contrast, how willing our Lord to stretch forth His authority and meet our requests with love and goodness toward His children!

  • Patiently and obediently….were they ever words that were meant to be put together in a sentence….Certainly in life, I might muster up patience…and I could probably be obedient…but at the same time, you are looking at the wrong girl… that's a hard one…I guess that is why she is Ester , and I am Tina….
    In a past life, one that I am not proud of, but necessary to get me to this point and time in my life, I would rush into all sorts of things, from buying things that weren't necessary, to making the sort of rash decisions that would have had health warnings on…patience was a word I did not feel applied to me….and as for obedience…we were never compatible…I would often say I was a rebel…I shudder now at that girl, that woman, that impatient child of God…for whom Grace was so evident as I look back now…
    I can't change the past…but by the Grace and Mercy of our great and awesome God I can make my tomorrow a better and God led one…patiently and obediently waiting on the Lord….whatever my circumstances..Amen..

    Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time….Thank you Lord God…Thank you..

    Happy and God blessed Monday Sisters…Love Tina..xxx

  • Amen! What an honour to be loved by an amazing and loving King; father we thank you today! Lord we thank you for your grace…in jesus name.. Amen! #comebodley

  • How few times we find ourselves with as perfect an opportunity to get back at her enemy as Esther did, yet she remained calm and without the rash decisions we tend to make. We don’t know if it was nerves or just maybe Esther discerning God’s voice telling her “Wait.” What would you do? Me? With such an enemy right there feasting on my meal, my neck (and wars) would be scarlet. I would have trouble breathing and my voice would quiver. I would blurt out my charge against him and wait with fury to see him condemned. But our friend Esther was calm and risked life again to ask at the RIGHT time. I have much to learn from Queen Esther!

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