Do you ever feel like the Lord’s calling you to do something that’s totally terrifying? A task or life situation that you have no idea how you’re going to get through it? Something that you’d rather run from than face?
I’ve been there! In fact, I’ve been there quite a few times.
Sometimes the task is “small” and is one that we can get through fairly quickly (witnessing to someone, having a difficult conversation, etc.). But sometimes the task is ginormous and life changing. I’ve faced both the small and ginormous situations.
For the past few days I’ve been reading the book of Esther during my devotions. It’s a very interesting story, and definitely one that we can apply to our own lives and the difficult situations we’re facing (or are going to face).
Back Story on Esther
If you’ve never heard the story of Esther, here’s a quick snyopsis. Esther, a Jew, was raised by her uncle Mordecai because her parents had died. The king was looking for a new queen and Esther became the woman that he chose. (Lucky girl, huh?)
One of the king’s right-hand men, Haman, didn’t like Mordecai because he wouldn’t “kneel down to him or pay him honor.” So, the Haman plotted to kill Mordecai, and the rest of the Jews.
Now, the king had agreed to Haman’s plan, but he didn’t know that Esther was a Jew (she had never told him). Mordecai learned about Haman’s plot to kill the Jews and told Esther that she had to go to the king to plead for the lives of her people.
Here’s the kicker. For anyone to approach the king without being summoned, they could be put to death unless the king extended his golden scepter. As you can imagine, Esther was likely terrified to approach the king, but knew she had no other choice.
After three days, Esther went to the king and shared the news of what was going on. The king became angry, and in the end Haman was killed and his estate was given to Mordecai.
You can read the full story here at BibleGateway.com!
Applying Esther’s Story To Our Lives
There are three key components that stand out in Esther’s story that we can apply in our own lives and use for our difficult tasks. (They sure have been an encouragement to me this week.)
Esther had a support system around her.
Esther knew how powerful prayer was and she asked the Jews from her hometown to fast and pray for her before she went to see the king.
Many times we’re too scared to ask people to pray for us because we don’t think they have time, our requests may seem petty to them, or a plethora of other reasons. God has placed people around us so that they can support us. Don’t steal a blessing from them by not asking them to pray or walk through a difficult situation with you!
The Lord gave Esther the strength she needed.
Esther was one brave chick! She knew she had been placed in the position as queen for this very moment, to save her people. She knew what she had been called to do. (I bet her knees were knocking when she went into the king’s presence, don’t you?)
Just because the Lord gives us the strength to face a situation doesn’t mean that we won’t want to back out right before we’re about to do it, or that our stomach won’t be in knots. Once we complete the task we’ll be able to look back on it and know that the only way we made it through was with the Lord’s strength. (I know it sounds odd, but I promise that’s how it’s happened for me many times.)
The Lord provided the tools Esther needed.
When Esther accepted the king’s golden scepter and finally talked to him, she invited him, along with Haman, to a banquet she had prepared for them. (Haman felt special, but little did he know that she was going to share his evil plan with the king.) A banquet was the perfect way to share Haman’s plot.
I’m confident that the Lord gave the awesome idea for the banquet to Esther. And just as He gave to Esther, He’ll give to us.
Sometimes the tools we need aren’t provided until we’re in the middle of the situation, and sometimes He gives them to us beforehand. Rest assured that if He’s called you to something, He’s going to help you through it!
I don’t know what you’re facing, but I pray that you’ll remember the story of Esther and how the Lord worked in her life. He wants to do the same for you if you’ll only let Him. Remember that no matter what you face in this life, you’ll never be alone because He’s always there with you! (Deuteronomy 31:6)
What are some “tools” you’ve used to make it through difficult tasks/situations in your life?