This post is Day 26 in a series of studies about “Esther”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Esther – Day 26
Do you suppose Esther ate a lot at this banquet? She had been fasting for 3 days, and was probably quite hungry, but also very anxious. Or maybe she had peace of mind because she knew her God would answer her prayers, and would acknowledge the fast of her nation.
So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king asked again, “Queen Esther what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.” Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favour with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life – this is my petition. And spare my people – this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king”
Do you suppose Esther ate a lot at this banquet? She had been fasting for 3 days, and was probably quite hungry, but also very anxious. Or maybe she had peace of mind because she knew her God would answer her prayers, and would acknowledge the fast of her nation. However she felt, she sounds very composed in her answer to the king.
Do you think her answer disturbed Haman? Did he see what was coming? Did he realise that he had ordered the murder of his boss’s wife?
Whatever the answer to these questions, we see God in control. Maybe He gave Esther such a supernatural peace that she amazed herself with how calm she felt.
Ask yourself today if you cope well in stressful situations. Do you ask others to pray for you? Or do you think it’s better if nobody else knows what you are going through?
Jesus told His disciples “When you pray go into your room and close the door” (Matthew 6:6). But He also said “When two or three gather in My Name, there I am with them” (Matthew 18:20).
In crises, we often need others to be at our sides for support and encouragement. Encourage someone today.