A Fearful Queen
In a recent Bible study I was reminded again of the Old Testament story of Queen Esther. When faced with the choice to reveal her real identity and go to the king to protect her people, she was afraid. After all, anyone who went before the king without being summoned could be put to death, and it had been thirty days since he’d last sent for her. She knew her life stood in the hands of a king’s whim. Mordecai’s reminder that “who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this,” helped her to gather her courage. For three days she prayed, fasted and called her people to do the same. In spite of her fear, she stood before the king to beg him for the lives of her people. God did intervene for Esther and the Jewish people because of her obedience.
Several years ago, God asked me to do something that terrified me. He asked me to write. Nothing brought more fear to my heart. Why would God ask this of me? I fought Him for years and, like Queen Esther, looked for excuses. I knew what God had said, but would I choose to obey?
Our lives may not be at stake like Queen Esther’s, but God may ask us to do something difficult. What has God asked of you? Has He asked you to do something that makes you fearful? Even terrified? Then pray. Ask God to take your lack of faith and turn it into trust in an all-powerful God. Pray that He will take your procrastination and turn it into obedience. Then expect Him to take that fear and turn it into the strength that He will give you for the task.
Don’t let feelings of inadequacy stop you from experiencing all the blessings that God has in store for you. Those who decide to take that leap of faith and walk in obedience with Him will not be disappointed!
PRAYER: Lord, take my fear and turn it into faith. Help me to step out in obedience and trust You with what You ask of me. I ask that Your strength be made perfect in my weakness.
“Therefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,” 2 Thessalonians 1:11 KJV.
Today’s devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale, mother of three grown children and one high school teenager. She has served as a missionary with PIONEERS since 1982. Her passions are family, playing and teaching piano, missions, and writing stories that show glimpses of God.