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We need to know what to do or what not to do in every area of our life.
Life Lesson Learned From the Bible - The Book of Esther
Life is full of surprises, challenges, and having to make tough choices, and the danger of making the wrong choice can be detrimental.
We need to know what to do or what not to do in every area of our life. It can be difficult to determine what is the best choice for your life and the lives that you are responsible for— making it crucial to have good judgement.
So, how do we get wisdom to know what to do during challenging times? We get it from someone who already has this quality.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding” – Proverbs 2:6.
Esther chapter 4-6 shows us why it is important to be patient and ask God for advice. When Esther was in a life and death situation, she did not use her own understanding or wisdom to figure out what to do, especially since her situation was a life and death complex and difficult one.
Her making a hasty rash decision or using her own intellect to figure out what to do, could have gotten her family and many people killed. It could have also eventually gotten her killed.
She also could have been selfish, since she was living a protected life being the queen and decided to do nothing. But Esther did a wise thing, she humbled herself and fasted so she could know the best way to deal with the situation she was in (Esther 4:15-16).
Esther's difficult situation was that her people and family were scheduled to be killed because Haman was furious that her cousin Mordecai would not honor him like everyone else did. But Esther understood, the battle (fight, struggle, conflict, problem, or issue) is not her's, but it belongs to God, and she sought God's help to get her out of her difficult situation (2 Chronicles 20:15).
With God we do not have to fight our battles, but instead stand firm and watch God deliver you (2 Chronicles 20:17).
During the times of Kingdom's, the position that Haman was in, being second in command to the King, authorize him to do anything he wanted if he got the Kings approval. Unfortunately, what Haman did not know at the time was what he wanted included killing the Queen's family. Still, Esther had to be prudent with how she would handle this difficult, deadly situation.
As you read Esther's story, the result of her consulting God changed the course of the lives of her people, her family, and her life (Esther 5:9-15).
King David was also successful in life because before he did anything he consulted God first (2 Samuel 2:1, 2 Samuel 5:19-20, 2 Samuel 5:23-25). Even when his life was in danger and was tempted to act on his own will, he asked God for advice instead of acting on emotions or instinct.
His trust in God being able to give him the best solution, outweighed his predicament (1 Samuel 30:6). By doing this David always knew what to do and it made him greatly successful (1 Samuel 30:1-8, 2 Samuel 5:10).
When you consult God and trust Him, you not only see results, but you will be rewarded (Colossians 3:23-24).
There are two lessons we learn from the book of Esther. One is to be careful with how you treat people because you never know who they are connected to, what they might become, or who they are (Esther 6).
Mordecai was Queen Esther's cousin who he adopted when her father and mother died. Since Esther did not reveal her nationality and family background, Haman did not know that Esther and Mordecai were related (Esther 2:10). So, when Haman made a request that all the Jews be murdered because he hated Mordecai for not honoring him, Haman did not know what he wanted consisted of killing Queen Esther's cousin and people.
The second lesson is, when we trust God instead of trying to figure things out on our own, God will handle the problem for us.
Let's take a look...
The dishonor that Mordecai shown Haman rubbed him the wrong way. It angered and annoyed Haman so much that it enraged him (Esther 5:9).
Haman had everything because King Xerxes elevated him above all the other aristocrats; but with all that he had and was, the fact that one man did not bow down and honor him bothered Haman (Esther 3:1-2, 5:9-13).
While in a discussion with his wife and friends they suggested to Haman to kill Mordecai. Haman loved the idea and took action (Esther 5:14).
Haman visited King Xerxes to have his plan to kill Mordecai implemented but Haman did not know that God had a different plan and put in King Xerxes heart to honor Mordecai for uncovering a conspiracy that would have had King Xerxes killed (Esther 2:21-23).
So, when King Xerxes ask Haman what we should do to honor a man that he wanted to acclaim, Haman thought he was speaking about him and went on to tell the King all that should be done (Esther 6:6-14, 7:1). Haman did not realize everything he was suggesting to the King was not for him but for Mordecai.
When you give God permission to act on your behalf, He will deal with your problem for you (2 Chronicles 20:12).
God can reverse any situation.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." —Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
In the end, the difficult situation that Esther and her family were in was reversed and Haman and his family, who wanted to massacre Esther's family and nation, ended up being the ones killed (Esther 9:24-25). Check out the ending of Esther’s story here.
Esther allowing God to take care of the issue spared Mordecai's life, the lives of the Jewish nation, and prevented Esther from possibly being harm herself due to her nationality.
No one can stand against God because if you try, it will become your downfall (Esther 7). Unfortunately, there are many people like Haman who are clueless that their actions are against God or God's people and end up ruining their lives.
God did not just prevent the death of Mordecai and stop there, he also changed Mordecai's life and destiny (Esther 10:3).
When God is involved in your life, He does not only solve issues, but He also has a way of giving you double for the trouble (Zechariah 9:12). In other words, He is not going to just protect you, stop a situation from happening, or solve the problem, He is going to go beyond and make things even better than they were by creating more than one thing to happen in your favor without you asking for it. This is part of His grace, mercy, and love.
“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you — Proverbs 4:6.
When we put our trust in God and get His advice and direction on what to do during our difficult moments, we will triumph, overcome, and experience success.
Do you want to start making the right choice when in a difficult situation? All you have to do is make the choice of salvation and accept Jesus into your life by confessing that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He came from Heaven to die for your sins (Romans 10:9).
When you confess and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, you will establish a relationship where can now have His guidance for your life to ensure answers, protection, and success.
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