Faith of Esther: Taking Risks
What’s the difference between a risk taker and a thrill seeker?
I think a risk taker knows the possible consequences, both positive and negative, of the risk and has the faith to do it any way. A thrill seeker hopes for the best possible consequences, and approaches a risk with a “Let’s do this!” attitude without considering the possible negative consequences.
Risk takers acknowledge the fear. Thrill seekers know no fear.
Risk takers think things through and are prepared. Thrill seekers are fly-by-the-seat of the pants spontaneous reactors.
There are many differences between risk takers and thrill seekers.
Risk takers make a difference in the world; thrill seekers make a moment exciting at the most.
Esther was a woman who found herself continually being placed in circumstances outside of her control.
First both of her parents died and she was raised by her cousin, Mordecai. Then she was taken into the king’s harem. She does not appear to have any choice in this matter. She found favor with the man put in charge of the young virgins selected and he gave her more than what was required to be given to those selected for the king’s harem.
Then ten month’s after she was taken, Esther meets the king, and he, too, is taken with her. He chooses her for his queen.
Not long after Esther becomes queen, Mordecai hears of a plan to kill the king. He tells Esther, who tells the king, which causes the king’s life to be saved.
God had a plan all along. Was there risk in the Jewish Esther marrying a king outside of her faith?
Absolutely, but God has a plan.
The king then promoted a man named Haman. Haman had an agenda. He was a thrill seeker on a power trip. He liked people bowing down to him, but Mordecai the Jew wouldn’t bow to Haman. Haman devised a plan to kill all Jews throughout the entire kingdom, and the king agreed to allow Haman to kill Esther’s people.
Mordecai became grieved and cried out to God. Esther was a little embarrassed by Mordecai’s carrying on and tried to send him clothes. When he wouldn’t accept them, she sent someone else to find out what was wrong with him. He sent back a copy of the decree Haman had written and a message.
Esther’s response was expected, and Mordecai replied with a reminder that without any risk their entire lineage would be killed off.
Mordecai knew that Esther needed to hear it straight. Listen to what he told her:
1. You might live in the palace, but you aren’t protected. You’re still a Jew…one of us.
2. If you don’t speak up, some one else will. Help will come for the Jews. It will be too late for you and your father’s house, however, that line will perish.
3. Perhaps you were placed in this kingdom for exactly this situation.
I’ve said many times over, I’m here for such a time as this. God made me on purpose. I was born to the parents I was born to on purpose. I married my husband on purpose. I live where I live on purpose. I attend church where I attend church on purpose.
What purpose? HIS PURPOSE. I have been created for such a time as this!
Esther was created for such a time as this.
She had a choice, and we have a choice. Our choice doesn’t change the fact. We have all been created and placed on purpose.
So, was Esther a thrill seeker who jumped straight into the fray and went to battle or was she a risk taker who considered the consequences and thought things through?
I so want to be an Esther.
How did she respond to the risk in front of her? Let’s see:
1. Get all the Jews and fast with me for three days. (Do you see the number there? Jonah, Saul was blinded, on the 3rd day He rose again, Trinity, etc.)
2. I’m going to go to the king. I’ll carry this information about Haman wanting to put all Jews to death to him. I will tell him that the Jews are my people.
3. If I die for breaking the law, so be it. I will at least attempt to save the Jewish people. My people.
Esther was not a thrill seeker. She did not go charging into the king’s inner sanctuary demanding he free her people and deal harshly with Haman. Instead, she spent three days seeking God’s will and clear direction before she humbly attempted to plead her people’s case.
Esther wasn’t a thrill seeker. She wasn’t looking for a moment of excitement, but she was expecting a movement of God himself.
Esther clearly was a risk taker. She knew the score. Knew the odds. Knew what would happen when she broke the law. After all, she was the replacement queen for the last wife who didn’t obey the law. Disobeying the king would not be tolerated. Esther knew her decision could be punished by death.
Esther’s faith dictated that she do it anyway and she found favor in the king’s sight. So much favor that he promised her whatever she wanted up to half of his kingdom.
Esther’s faith allowed her to take huge risks. Risks that might have cost her life.
We can look at all of the seemingly bad things that happened in Esther’s life and question why. We can. Her life was tough and unfair from the beginning. It becomes clear, however, that God had a plan to use Esther to protect the Jewish people.
Esther could have made the choice to ignore her cousin Mordecai. She had it made. She was the queen. No one knew she was a Jew. Not even Haman, the man wanting to kill all the Jews.
Esther’s faith was bigger than her fear. She was more concerned with pleasing God and fulfilling her calling than protecting her life.
How does Esther’s faith and risk apply to me? Esther risked her position, her marriage, and ultimately her own life for others. What about me? What is God calling me to risk for Him?
I was placed here for such a time as this. So were you. We weren’t placed here to be thrill seekers or lumps on a log.
Seek His face…fast and pray…faith and risk…