It’s Time to Make a Bold Move Right Now

It’s time to make a bold move right now. Some years back, I studied the book of Esther inductively through Kay Arthurs Precepts International course. However, there was something Kay and another commentary author pointed out that I didn’t notice during my reading.

Do you know that God was never mentioned in the entire ten chapters of the book of Esther? (Bible Scholars—don’t answer 😊).

Nonetheless, I’ve read the book of Esther several times, but I didn’t become aware of many of the details until I had studied it back in 2012. I used a pen and highlighter to rightly divide the Word too.

When you study the books of the Bible you go on a journey—it’s actually quite exciting.

The real-life people, events, intent, context, setting, and many other specifics come alive. Once all of the elements link together through careful reading, prayer, research, charts, and cross referencing—there’s no way you will look at this book (Esther) or any other Bible book the same.

As we know, King Xerses/Ahasuerus was married to the beautiful Queen Vashati.

But, when He needed her help, she refused the request to come before the King during one of the banquet celebrations, and this angered him.

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This refusal ultimately ended their union and queen Vashati was removed/dethroned because she publically disrespected her husband.

Her stern refusal to come before him in front of the guests was a deal breaker.

The king’s men felt that her actions would trickle down to other women who would follow her lead to be disrespectful to their husbands too. Long story short, Esther was later favored by Xerses and became the new queen.

In the book of Esther, there was also focus on Esther’s older cousin—Mordecai. Mordecai raised Esther as his daughter after her parents died. While Esther was positioned as queen, she and Mordecai kept regular contact.

Later, Haman (a man highly ranked by the king and was the enemy of the Jews) planned to have all the Jews annihilated. Yessssss sis/bro—he wanted them slaughtered!

He wanted to do this because he discovered that Mordecai was Jewish when he refused to bow down to him.

Esther 3:2 NIV says, “All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor”.

The king approved of this killing date without inquiring about further details, as Xerxes didn’t even know the nationality of his new queen either.

Consequently—the tables turned and Esther:

  • Declared a three day fast for the Jews
  • Went before the king and asked if she could throw a banquet with him and Haman
  • Teamed up with Mordecai to save their Jewish people

At the banquet, Esther exposed Haman and his plot to murder all Jews.

The king then had Haman killed on the same gallows he wanted to hang Mordecai on. A new edict was written allowing the Jews to fight back on the date of the scheduled annihilation. The Jews triumphed over their enemies and won!

As a result, Mordecai was promoted as the king’s right-hand man.

Esther 9:2 NIV says, “The Jews assembled in their cities in all the provinces of King Xerxes to attack those determined to destroy them. No one could stand against them, because the people of all the other nationalities were afraid of them.”

Doesn’t this beautiful story have The Almighty’s name written all over it? This treasure was composed like a well-played symphony. The timing, setting, events, characters/people, and theme were no coincidence.

This short book was packed with power and riches! If you have never read it I encourage you to do so as it will surely strengthen your soul.

I’m sure Esther never dreamt about marrying a King, and Mordecai didn’t see himself being a highly respected man throughout the providences—but God!

These two were both living life, and God used them for something greater than either of them could’ve envisioned for themselves. So just because you can’t hear the voice of the The Almighty, or hear His name, and when things don’t appear to be moving forward in your life—remember He is always near.

 

He’s always setting things up for such a time as this. Trust that He has a plan for your life. Etch that promise on your heart in faith. He has a plan for every one of His children. You are not the exception to the rule.

I wonder what Esther’s and Mordecai’s life was like before they were moved into position. Better yet, I wonder how Esther felt while she was competing for the position of queen against the many other beautiful virgin girls.

Oftentimes we feel that God has abandoned us and pushed us to the side to bless someone else. We fear that we only have a short window of time to receive a certain blessing from God—so we panic and lose hope.

Clearly, as we study Esther, we see that this is far from the truth—God was working—as He’s always working!

He’s forever in the details—always.

He just has to move some things and people out of the way first, and then He can move you into position. When He does this, things will fall into place according to His plans—not ours. Things won’t happen faster if we cry or get mad at God.

These things will not change His timing.

Your, For Such a Time as This, moment is still being orchestrated. Your story is still being written.

God wouldn’t ask for you to bring your desires to Him, if He didn’t have any intention of fulfilling some of them. Not to mention, His plan is better than any plan we can think of for ourselves.

In the famous words of Esther 4:16, “…and if I perish I perish.” In other words, she gave her all into trusting in the Lord, even if it meant her own life. She made a bold move.

Will you trust in God the way Esther and Mordecai did when they believed that God would come through?

Would you be able to do what queen Esther did for an entire nation or is the spirit of fear holding you back?

Soul Actions:

Fast if you must, just like Esther and the Jews did. Whatever it takes for you to maintain a solid relationship with The Father—do it!

Don’t ever stop hoping or believing for something greater than your current circumstance.

Soul Note: If you are wrestling with overcoming fear and walking boldly for Christ, I highly recommend that you dive into the 21 Days to Slay Your Fear Bible Study—you can download it here.

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