“For 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. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NIV
During this time of global quarantine due to the corona virus and fear of contagion, I thought some reminders of the goodness of God would serve to encourage. So, for the next few days I’ll be remembering people in the Bible who walked in faith – despite their fear – trusting God with their future.
One of the first to come to mind was Esther.
Because of her beauty, Esther became queen and wife to King Xerxes of Persia (thought to be 486-464 BC). During the reign of Xerxes, a nobleman convinced the King to enact a law to kill all the Jewish people in the country. Unbeknownst to Xerxes, Esther was a Jew. Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, instructed her to go the King and plead for the lives of the Jews. This may sound innocuous, but to approach the King without being summoned could result in a person’s death.
When Esther responded in fear to her uncle’s request, he said, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
So, after three days of fasting and prayer, Esther approached the King. She walked in faith, rather than in fear, and God was faithful.
To find out what happened next, you’ll have to find a Bible and read the ten chapters which make up the book of Esther.
We have the same God as Esther. Our God still delivers people from death. He still extends grace and mercy to those who trust him. He is sovereign over Kings, nations, and viruses.
Psalm 143:8 (NIV) says,
Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life.
Trust God with your life, he loves you. He will give you guidance in these uncertain days.