When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. Esther 5:2 NIV
Have you ever been watching a movie or reading a book and when you get to the climax, you almost hold your breath in anticipation of what will happen next? The climax of any movie or book is the most important and pivotal scene. This verse is the climactic moment in the book of Esther. Everything in the book of Esther prior to this verse has lead up to this moment. This seemingly simple gesture of a scepter extended from King to his beloved Queen would be passed over as insignificant if it wasn’t for the drama that could have occurred.
King Xerxes was a leader who was consumed by extravagance and loved to show off his wealth and power. His past behavior and subsequent divorce from his former wife Vashti was known throughout the land. When King Xerxes would sit in his chamber, he would call on individuals with whom he wanted to discuss matters of his kingdom. This was not an open forum. The penalty for coming and addressing the king without being called was death. Esther needed to go before the king without being called to petition him to save her people. Whether the king would extend his scepter to her was a matter of life or death.
Esther fasted and prayed for days before going to the king. She prepared herself with her most beautiful robes. Esther wanted to make sure that she was not only prepared on the outside, but also that her heart was prepared. She fasted and prayed to prepare her spirit for how God would intercede on her behalf.
When we look at the way Esther prepared to address the king, we get a sense of how we should come before God. Being in the presence of God is an honor and one that should be met with reverence. So many times we go before the Father boasting of our own achievements, with a righteous expectation of God to answer our prayers instead of an attitude of humble respect. When we go before God with a large request, do we fast, allowing our minds to be focused solely on our petition to God?
Esther’s heart was heavy, but her concern was not for her own safety but for the safety of her people. She put her entire life in God’s hands and trusted Him to soften the king’s heart so that she could petition the king with a request. When we come before God, are our hearts heavy with the burden of our prayers and are we willing to allow God to work for His purpose? Are we too afraid that God’s response might mean we have to step out of our comfort zone and so we fail to acknowledge the weight God has placed on our heart?
So what happened when Esther went before the king? Was she met with the gallows or was she spared? Well, you probably guessed from reading the verse that the king’s heart was softened and he extended his scepter to Esther, which she touched with her finger as a humble petitioner. If God has the ability to affect others’ hearts, He has the power to change our own. Are you ready to trust Him with your life?
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If you are struggling with a particular issue or a request hangs heavy on your heart, try to fast and see if that changes your focus. When we fast we remove our dependence on daily distractions and we turn our eyes towards God to provide for us spiritually.
Heavenly Father, You are great and mighty. Your power extends beyond my understanding. If there are any areas of my life that I have not turned over completely to You, lay those areas on my heart that I might change my focus. Thank You for the story of Esther and her example of being bold in her commitment towards her people. Allow me to be brave and bold for You.
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