logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Christian Living Site

BellaOnline's Christian Living Editor

g

Lessons From Esther - For Such a Time as This


The first part of this article is here: Lessons from the Bible - The Book of Esther
As we look into the past, it is apparent that God placed Esther in the palace "for such a time as this" Esther 4:14. Not having the luxury of the Bible to read, she had a tough choice to make.

It was no simple matter to see the King.The Queen couldn't simply walk up to her husband for a chat. Anyone approaching him without invitation risked being killed before uttering a word. To make matters worse, the King hadn�t requested Esther's presence in a month. Possibly he had cooled toward her.
She must risk her life to approach the King, reveal her identity, and make the request to save her people. She could protect herself, remain silent and rest in the apparent security of her lavish surroundings.

Placing her fate in God's hands "if I perish, I perish" Esther 4:16, she planned her actions.
First, she asked that all the Jews in Susa fast for her three days while she and her maids did the same.

On the third day, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace, standing in view of the King. I can imagine her sigh of relief when Xerxes extended his golden scepter, allowing her to approach. And then this young peasant girl/queen showed supernatural self-control. Instead of rushing to him with her plea, she waited for God's direction, only inviting him and Hamaan to a banquet. At that banquet, still waiting for God's perfect timing, she invited them to a second banquet!

I'll pause here to consider what can be learned from Esther's story so far.
Esther was out of the safe environment of her Jewish home and friends. No one in the palace knew of her heritage and she had influence and security there. Still, she risked her own life to save her people.
Refusing to take matters into her own hands, Esther waited three days.
  • In stressful and dangerous situations, can you wait for God's direction and timing?

  • Do you request prayer from fellow believers? Do you join in prayer for others?


2 Chronicles 16:9 .."the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."
1 John 3:16 "This is how we know what love is; Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."

Click here for the exciting Conclusion of Esther's story


cover
Becoming a Woman of Excellence

by Cynthia Heald




A Walk With the Women of the Bible
EBook by Lynne Chapman

Join me in getting to know some amazing
women of the Bible
while we extract valuable insights and
lessons from their lives.

Now available for Kindle under new title
A Walk With EVE

Also availble in paperback from Cafe Press.

Names of God Ebook

Almighty God. The Creator of heaven and earth.
Our God is given names in Scripture that
describe the characteristics of His personality.
Experience God through the names given Him in Scripture.

Add +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This to Twitter Add +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This to Facebook Add +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This to MySpace Add +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This to Del.icio.us Digg +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This Add +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This to Yahoo My Web Add +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This to Google Bookmarks Add +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This to Stumbleupon Add +Lessons+From++Esther+%2D+For+Such+a+Time+as+This to Reddit



 



Lois and Eunice
Women of the Bible
Waiting for God to Move
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Christian Living Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
talk
Talk to Editor
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Lynne Chapman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lynne Chapman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lynne Chapman for details.

g


g features
Where Did Halloween Originate

The Sustaining Word of God

Teaching Children to Pray

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor