Ever wonder why Esther appears to be stalling? Why is she planning dinners when she should be serving her enemy on a platter? Is she losing her nerve, buckling at the last minute because Haman the hater is staring her in the face? The king offers whatever she wishes, up to half the kingdom, and what does she say? “Come back tomorrow.”
Why not today? Why shouldn’t our enemies; the principalities, the rulers of darkness, the spiritual hosts of wickedness be snuffed out today?
Here’s the million dollar question I’m hearing from the Holy Spirit in the midst of my inquiry, If I offered you anything up to half My kingdom, what would you say?
Immediately thinking of my grand kids, I halted the long list of fear-filled requests rushing at my head. I stopped to hear my King.
And then I understood.
Remember? Esther hesitated at first. What her adopted father was asking her to do could cost her her very life. Voicing her fears, Mordecai rebukes Esther—and supernatural courage takes hold of her.
From birth Mordecai had always taken good care of Esther. He was trustworthy, and she had every reason to obey him. According to her story—Esther was nothing if not obedient—and God was about to bless her for it.
When God asks us to do something—it rarely makes sense to our shortsightedness.
“Do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the child in whom he delights.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)