Alone and Afraid

Alone and Afraid

by Inspiration Ministries

"Go, gather all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me … I and my attendants also will fast in the same way. And then I will go in to the king … and if I perish, I perish." – Esther 4:16 NASB Esther never anticipated this situation. Still a young queen chosen for her beauty, she had no experience in government affairs. But circumstances changed when Haman, the king’s advisor, convinced the king to put to death all Jews in his kingdom. When her cousin Mordecai told Esther what was happening, she felt powerless. She hadn’t been summoned into the king’s presence for thirty days, and death awaited anyone who entered without a summons. Asking other Jews to fast, she agreed to approach the king. What thoughts filled her mind? How could she make a difference? The Greek text of this book tells us that Esther was “in deep agony.” She humbled herself and turned to God with intense prayer. She admitted, “I am all alone, and I have no one to turn to but you. Help me!” It was a dangerous situation. She knew she was risking her life. But she asked God to rescue them in this time of trouble. She prayed that God would give her courage and the right words to say to change the king’s heart. God granted her favor, and the Jews were saved. Yet we must not forget how alone Esther felt and the fear and uncertainty in her heart. What do you do when you are afraid? Alone? Filled with doubt? Follow Esther’s example. Turn to God. Humble yourself before Him. Seek His help and wisdom. Always know that He is with you. Prayer Father, I commit these situations to You: _________. Take away my fears. Grant me favor and success. Thank You for Your victory! In Jesus’ name, amen. Extended Reading Esther 4