Esther Found Her Faith Through An Extreme Need, Coupled With A Sense Of Destiny.
This example of the faith of Esther plainly describes what true faith is. It is a confident expectation, an undoubting certainty or determination to proceed, regardless of the possible consequences.
Faith is not a hope that “maybe it will work, maybe it won’t.” It is an attitude of certainty. Faith can be found through many different avenues of motivation. As a result of her faith, Esther approached the king without being summoned. She had confidence, fully expecting that he would accept her presence by putting forth his scepter and offering his grace to her. We see this interaction in Esther 5:1-2, 8.
Esther 5:1-2, 8 (NKJV)
1 Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. 2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. 8 "If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”
The book of Hebrews in the New Testament speaks directly regarding throne room etiquette. It explains that the rules changed with the advent of Jesus. There is an expectation set in the New Covenant that believers will be heard at the throne without the accompanying fear that Esther had to overcome. This privilege is granted through the same kind of faith that Esther acted on in Esther 5:1-2. It is not blind faith or hope, but confidence placed in a relationship with Jesus Christ in Hebrews 4:14-16.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (GNT)
14 Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God - Jesus, the Son of God. 15 Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. 16 Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.
Esther is an example that God provides to show what true faith can accomplish. The process of acting in faith is also revealed. Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 in the New Testament as a surety or certainty of what is hoped for, but not yet experienced or seen manifested.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
The result of Esther’s faith was the favor or grace of the King. However, even though Esther obtained the favor of the King, she exercised wisdom. She did not immediately reveal her ultimate desire but waited for just the right moment to make her request. This could be considered to be a calculated act, but as the narrative continues, the hand of the Spirit of God moving upon mankind can be seen.
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