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Esther means “star”. She was also known as Hadassah meaning ‘Myrtle branches’ symbolizing peace and thanksgiving. She belonged to the tribe of Benjamin
To reach the pinnacle of God’s plan of saving His people – JEWS, she had to face (difficult circumstances) like the ensuing;
• She was an orphaned child brought up by her cousin, Mordecai
• She was a Jew
• She was not of an influential family
• She was reluctant to approach the King and had no idea whether she will find favor in his eyes
Today each of you is ordained in a position that can be influential in turning the events for the favor of God. It might be your workplace, endowed with spiritual gifts, causing peer influence, a parent etc. Each dimension where God has placed you is for the fulfillment of the promise as quoted by Mordecai in Esther Chapter 4: 14:
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
This stirs our spirit to be accountable of what we possess and making us to be even more faithful to our responsibilities. The next step she chooses to fast, a spiritual exercise which helps her to come to God who is the only source of success in her life. As she did not depend on her own potentials and influence she was given victory over the written accusation against the Jews by her enemy. Thus, saving her people – Jews.
To conclude, we as Christians we need to keep the following in mind which can be learnt from Esther’s life;
1. There is a preparation phase.
She allowed herself to be prepared for the task. God’s preparation time can sometimes be long and uneventful. Moses spent 40 years in the desert looking after sheep before coming to deliver the Israelites. The refining of our characters is very essential to God’s plan for our life. God cannot use a proud woman (or man).
2. We need the favour of God.
Esther found favour with the King and so did Mordecai. Even Jesus grew in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52). When you live a life pleasing to God, by obeying His will you will find favour with Him. God will also give you favour with people.
3. God works in His own time and season.
Esther also got her timing right. Maybe God has put it on your heart to do something for Him. Don’t just jump into it but wait for his time. Joseph was in jail until it was God’s time for him to be released. God will move in His time when we remain faithful and alert to His leading.
4. Your background does not hinder your future with God.
Esther was an orphan. God still exalted her and used her. Some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen, tax collectors and one was a doctor. Your background does not determine what God can do with you. Your faith does.
Lets life’s challenges refine us to be more like Jesus, in this blog to be like Esthers in reality situations
God Bless!!
Regards,
Chris Rajan – Ambassador of Christ

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