This verse specifically is one of my favorite Bible verses for a plethora of reasons, including my belief that hands down, Esther is one of the coolest people in the Bible. The content of the verse means even more than my shameless admiration though. In this verse, Esther is being advised by her cousin to do something that may lead to her death. But the crazy thing here isn’t even the intrigue, court politics, or imminent death faced by the participants. Instead, it’s an incredibly important statement about God’s will. God would’ve saved the Jewish people no matter what. He is faithful in all things. So Esther had a choice to make. Act to save her people from the position of power God had allowed her to ascend to, or do nothing and hide. The real question she faced was “Will God’s plan succeed because of or in spite me?”. This is a powerful question for any of us to ask. “Is ministry happening because of or in spite of my actions?”, “Am I following God’s plan because of or in spite of my decisions and actions?” God is going to do His thing. The question is, how are we going to act?
Lord,Help me to act the way You want me to act. I know that Your plan is the best plan, and the only plan. But sometimes I resist because I’m afraid or stubborn. Show me the way out. Give me the strength to follow You in everything. Amen