Truth Tuesday – Making Wise Decisions

by Kathy

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Esther Chapter 4

As the story of Esther continues to unfold, we discover there is a plot being devised on the part of Haman to destroy all the Jews. When Mordecai (Esther’s cousin) hears that king Xerxes has instituted a law backing Haman’s plan, Mordecai tears his clothes and sits in ashes and weeps for his people.  In fact, Mordecai isn’t the only one weeping, mourning and fasting.  All the Jews in the provinces of Persia are doing the same.

Eventually word gets back to Esther that Mordecai is sitting outside the king’s palace overwrought with emotion. Esther, greatly distressed by her cousin’s sorrow, sent a messenger to find out what was going on.  Mordecai returned a copy of the king’s decree to Esther and begged her to go before king Xerxes and plead for mercy for the Jews.

Royal protocol dictated that no one, including the queen, was allowed to enter the king’s presence without his expressed invitation. So Esther sent word back to Mordecai that she could not just go waltzing into the king’s court without an invitation. She could literally lose her head over such a breach of etiquette.

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the kings’ house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai, “Go gather all the Jews . . . 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 this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Esther had a huge decision to make.  What stood out to me in this passage was the fact that before she rushed forward in a hasty decision, she spent time in prayer and fasting.  (Note – although prayer is not specifically mentioned here, it is paired with fasting in the Old Testament)

There have been times when I have acted too quickly, making rushed decision before even consulting the Lord.  When I look back on these times, some decisions resulted in unexpected consequences, problems and regret.

There is great wisdom to be found in following Esther’s example.  Instead of making a rushed and hasty decision, we can come to God in prayer.  We can talk to Him about the decision we have to make, and seek guidance from Him on how to proceed.  We may even choose to take some time to fast as well.  As we bring our decisions to the Lord, humbly bowing before Him in reverence, submitting to His authority, seeking His wisdom and strength, we will find we are properly prepared to make a decision and move forward with His plan!

Scripture to hold on to this week:

Psalm 37: 5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

Psalm 57:2  “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me.” (ESV)

Psalm 32:8  “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;  I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”  (ESV)

 

Have a grace full week seeking God with your decisions!

 

 

 

One Response to “Truth Tuesday – Making Wise Decisions”

  1. Dee says:

    This is such a wonderful lesson. Fasting is not taught much these days, but it is such a beautiful way of hearing from the Lord and drawing you to an intimacy with Him. Esther is such a beautiful story, thanks for digging deep and sharing!

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