Would you like to see what we have written on a subject? Use the search below.

Life Happens...
Then What?

By Glenn Davis

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:  “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”  Esther 4:15-16, NIV

Esther was a young woman who knew pain and disappointment.  Sometime in her youth she had been separated from her parents - probably they had died.  If they had died in the invasion of Israel, she may have even witnessed their deaths.  In any case, she was raised by an uncle who loved her.

What we do what things happen our of our control will dictate our future.

Like any young woman, she had her dreams for a happy married future - children running around the house [maybe even the future Messiah?] and a loving husband to care for her.  Those dreams were shattered when she was chosen to be a prospective bride for the king.  Even if she were not the chosen one, there would be no going back.  Life happens...

Just as when she had been separated from her parents, she had to learn to put her past and dreams behind her and look to a new future.  Life can change in an instant and we have to be able to adapt to new challenges - death of a loved one, being fired, sickness, financial loss, etc.  Things out of our control can happen quickly and we either leave the past or are destroyed by it.  Esther could courageously leave her dreams behind and face the future knowing that God was still in control.

Then, when everything seemed to be going well, another upset happened.  She became the only person who could stop the Jews from being exterminated.  But in order to do that, she would have to risk her own life.  Again, through no fault of her own, she was forced into a situation over which she had no control.  Her only choices were to keep quiet and watch her people murdered or risk her life with the king.  Life happens...what do you do?

Notice, that when Esther reached a decision on what to do, she did not just rush into the king hysterically begging for his help.  The first thing she did was go to God and ask others to go to God on her behalf.  She wanted to be prepared spiritually before taking action on a physical level.  We need to learn from her example.  Being prepared spiritually is a vital first step especially when we have hard choices to make.

After that, her course was set.  She did not know what the consequences would be, but she knew what she had to do.  Sometimes we are faced with difficult choices.  Doing the right thing could cost us our spouse, our family, our job.  We have to be spiritually prepared, make the right choice in faith that God is still in control, and accept the consequences whatever they may be.  Integrity is not cheap.

For more information about Glenn Davis see our About Glenn page and/or his Author's Page.

You might like these

  • You Are Sent Out By Jesus

    If you are a Christian, you are sent out by Jesus in His power to accomplish His will.

  • The Warrior And The Lover

    The Church is described as many things in Scripture, but two of the most common are the warrior and lover.

  • Unity!

    Do we have to agree on everything to walk in unity? What is the true focal point?

  • Symptoms Or Root Causes

    If we are running around dealing with the symptoms of sin all the time and never deal with the root cause we are wasting our time.

  • Spiritual Gifts For Ordinary Christians

    The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts as He see fit, but who does He give them to and how are they to be used?

  • Sin Of Others Hurts Us

    The sin of others as well as our own sin can bring defeat. Like a cancer, sin spreads and destroys.

  • Setting Captives Free

    Paul and Silas were setting captives free at the same time they were being released from prison. Our responses can encourage others.

  • The Safe Place

    The Name of the Lord Jesus Christ is our safe place, but how do we run to this fortress in times of trouble?

  • The Sacrifice Of Thanksgiving

    What is the sacrifice of thanksgiving and why does God want it?

  • The River of Life

    Does the River of Life flow through your life? What does it take to release the River of the Spirit in our lives?



Lookup a word or passage in the Bible


BibleGateway.com
Include this form on your page