In Esther chapter four, Esther was faced with a defining moment. She would either stand up in her faith or she would cower in fear. Faith and fear are not friends. Rather, they are mortal enemies that live next door to one another. Esther makes the choice to go all in, put her life on the line and trust God to take care of her and all of the Jews in Persia.
The tendency is to rush ahead to the dialogue between Esther, the king and Haman. We want to see Haman get what has been coming to him. We will miss the work of God if we rush ahead. The most important thing about knowing and doing God’s will is God’s timing. There is a time to act. There is a time to wait. And the meantime is God’s time.
Esther waited on God for His wisdom and timing (5:1). God does not waste a moment or season in our lives. God’s will sometimes leads to times and seasons of change. In these times, we need God’s wisdom to know what He is doing. If we listen to the flesh we can justify inaction. Yet, faith is active not passive. It is good, when needed, to do something, but make sure you wisely do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, with the right motive, or you could end up with the wrong result.
Waiting on God for His wisdom and timing is crucial. Waiting does not mean being inactive. Rather, waiting means being active in place. When we wait we gain strength. We exchange our weakness for God’s strength. We exchange our cowardice for His boldness. When we wait we get a better perspective. We learn to see the big picture so we can discern the details. When we wait we store up extra strength. When we wait we deepen our determination to persevere.
Esther experienced God’s grace (5:2,4,8). The king may rule the kingdom of Persian and Haman may sign edicts with the king’s official seal, but it is the Lord who is in control of it all. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes (Proverbs 21:1).
Esther has a new identity. She is no longer defined by being a Persian princess, an orphan or the woman who won the beauty contest for queen. She knows she belongs to God. As a child of God, a person’s identity is not achieved, it is received. God’s people do not work for our identity; rather, we work from our identity.
Esther acted according to God’s wisdom (5:3,6-8, 9-14). Knowing what God is doing in our lives creates peace and contentment. When we wait on the Lord we press on with regular activities. We just focus more fully on God in the midst of it. Esther invited the king and Haman to dinner. The king accepts and sends word for Haman to join them. Esther has Haman right where she wants him. She could have ratted him out to the king right then. But, she was sensitive to what God was doing and His leading in her life, so she waited one more day. Esther could have done everything the first day that she was going to do the next day, but she was trusting God’s timing. In this case, God’s timing required one more day. God’s wisdom and timing is always perfect because it makes room for God’s will to be done perfectly.
God’s promises are available to those who find their identity in Christ. Jesus is the one who has secured God’s riches for us. But our idolatry of self will get in the way every time and prevent us from experiencing God’s promises.