“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. “What are you, O mighty mountain?” ( Zechariah 4:6).
When Queen Esther was crowned in place of Vashti who had disobeyed the King’s command she had no idea what she was up to ( Esther 1-2). No sooner had she sat on the throne than when she got wind of that there was a plot to exterminate all her people: “If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them (Esther 3:9).
Once her Uncle Mordecai, got hold of the King’s order, he alerted her. Fortunately, Esther did not waste time. “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 4:16).
There was a custom that no one could meet with the King uninvited. “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death” ( Esther 4:11). But having spent time with God, armed with prayers of her warriors, she dared. Now, instead of being repulsed once the King saw her enter his presence, he opened up to her, “Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you” ( Esther 5:3).
Esther revealed the wicked plot of Herman and ultimately the king ordered his own execution instead of his original idea ( Esther 7).
So, what do we see here? Esther walked with God and drawing on that confidence a law that had been passed to exterminate her peoples was turned against its promoter. There, too, can be events that crosses our lives and the enemy appears to be too powerful with all the means apparently in his favor. But the God who rescued Esther’s people is the very same one eager and able to turn an impossible situation in our favor. This is why we walk not in our strength but in His power.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for any situation or power that sets itself up against your will in my life, I draw confidence from you and arrest it to bring me victory, this I pray in Jesus’s name.