“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” – (Isaiah, 43:19 ).
A longtime ago a whole nation of the Jews faced the threat of extermination. A highly placed court official, Haman, had great influence on the king, Xerxes, whom he sought to influence, for his wicked purpose. “If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them” (Esther 3:9) he urged. But there were two obstacles.
First, there was an official linked to the same nation, Mordecai, who, once he heard of the plot, knew he needed to persuade the king against. Fortunately, he had a while ago arranged an orphan girl, a cousin, he had adopted to be married to the king (Esther 2). So he called her and brought the matter to her attention, urging her to use her intimate relationship with the king to persuade him against (Esther 4).
Esther knew that the king was not an easy man. Sometime ago when a Queen Vashti, had refused his summons, he had banished her. Moreover, if someone went into the king’s presence without being summoned he would be put to death ( Esther 4:9).
Once this matter was brought before Esther, she decided before she went out to talk to King Xerxes, there was one thing she had to do first. She sent out a call to her people: “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 maids, will fast as you do. When it 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).
After that, Esther entered the king’s presence. Miraculously, the King’s heart immediately yielded towards her. “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half a kingdom, it will be given you” (Esther 5:3). To his grief, Herman’s wicked plot was laid bare before the king who then ordered that instead of the Jews, he is the one to be executed. “So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai” (Esther 7:10).
What matter is troubling you? Like Esther, you too can take took time out, and cry out to Almighty God, who heard her pleas. However overwhelming is the situation the God of Esther can give you the breakthrough you need!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, I here cry out to you, that no matter the obstacle that stands in my way, you help me break through, and may the glory go to you, this I pray in Jesus’s name!