“And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (A Faith Tested Esther 4:12-14)
Esther was queen of the Persian Empire after marrying King Xerxes. She was a Jew, a people who no longer had a home due to sinning against God. They had been conquered and forced into exile. Now, they were living under Persian rule. Esther was raised by her cousin, Mordecai, who was a scribe in the palace of Xerxes. Mordecai had learned of a plot by the king’s right-hand man, Haman, to wipe out the Jews. Mordecai went to the one place he could think of for help, his cousin the queen.
Mordecai and Esther’s faith was being tested. Their people were in a desperate situation with little hope. But, Mordecai was unwavering, even though he was in deep distress. He knew that salvation would come, either by Esther using her influence or from another place. He didn’t need to know how salvation would come; he just trusted that it would.
There are times when our faith will be tested and it’s in those times our faith grows. Muscles grow when they are tested. We gain knowledge and wisdom when our brains are tested. We gain experience when we are tested in life. So, why shouldn’t our faith be tested? The more our faith is tested, the more assurance we have in the God we put our faith in. The more our faith is tested, the more we trust in the One who is always faithful to us.
Question: How has your faith been tested? Is your faith currently being tested?
Challenge: Read the story of Esther and think about how her and Mordecai’s faith was tested.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for testing our faith so that we can rest more comfortably in you.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League