Are you ready to take a step of faith? God has a way of leading His people to take specific actions, and sometimes those tasks can seem difficult or uncomfortable. The Bible’s account of Queen Esther tells how she found herself in such a situation.
Esther, who was a Jew, became aware of a plot to kill all the Jews in her land. She needed to go before the king to try to stop the evil plan. However, the law of the land prevented anyone from going before the king without being invited, and violators could be put to death.
Esther faced a difficult decision, but she choose to move forward and go before the king. In the end, her efforts paid off, as they king showed favor to her request and saved her people.
When we look closely at Esther’s story, we can find several keys that made her efforts successful. From her example, I believe we can learn some key ingredients to a successful step of faith.
1. Responsibility. One of the determining factors that moved Esther to action was the insistence of her cousin Mordecai. Even though it was unlawful to go before the king uninvited, Mordecai urged Esther to do so. “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” he asked her. (Esther 4:14, NKJV). Those words seemed to spark in Esther a realization that she had a responsibility to her family, to her people, and to her God to take action.
Likewise, we should be moved by our own sense of responsibility. When there is a need that God has called us to meet, we must accept His call and the responsibility it carries. Any step of faith we take should begin with a keen awareness of responsibility to our God and His call on our lives.
2. Humility. Even when Esther decided to move forward with the plan to go before the king, she didn’t rush to action. Instead, she instructed all the Jews in the land to first fast for her for three days while she and her maids fasted as well.
Esther was humble enough to know she needed help from God and other people in order to carry out her mission. I believe she wanted to make sure she had God’s blessing on the plan before she took action. We can certainly learn from her example. When we step out in faith, we shouldn’t step out on our own. We should sincerely call for the grace of God and the help of fellow believers.
3. Risk. When Esther presented herself before the king, she was certainly taking a huge risk. Esther has not been invited before the king, so she was risking her own life to go before him. Still, her sense of responsibility and humility was strong enough that she determined to go anyway. “I will go to the king, which is against the law,” she declared, “and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16).
Undoubtedly, when we take a step of faith, we will encounter our own risks of failure, ridicule, or rejection. But we can’t let that stop us! We must display a resolve like Esther to move forward in spite of the risk.
So, consider these lessons from Esther as you follow the Lord. Be responsible to His call, humbly ask for His favor, and move forward in spite of risks. May God bless you in your walk of faith!