Esther 4

What would you do if you were on the brink of death. You knew for sure you are going to die unless…

someone came through for you. But, could you depend and rely on this person? Fortunately, for Mordecai, his trust was not in any old ordinary person. Part of Mordecai’s response to Esther during their conversation was verse 14:

14For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.

Even though Jews living in Persia were on the verge of being annihilated, Mordecai never gave up his belief that God will preserve his people either through Esther or some other means.

I think Ester’s response to this is very encouraging:

16“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Here, Esther knows that it is against the law to see the king without being summoned. Basically, she will die if she does this. If this were me and I knew I would die if I take these next couple of steps, I would be scared out of my mind and second guessing myself begging Mordecai not to make me do this. But, Esther’s response is simple: “fast for me.” This shows that when times are tough, Esther goes back to the basics, what’s tried and true, fasting and prayer. It’s a great reminder that fasting is a very real and powerful tool that God has given us to help us. The rest of Esther tells us what great things can happen through unyielding faith.

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