In the second part of the Book of Esther series we learned that it is important to be courageous. Esther put her plan into action in spite of the fact that it could lead to her death. – After the 3 days of fasting were over, Queen Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace. When the king saw her, he was pleased and held out the gold scepter to her. Esther then approached the king. Esther knew how to be patient and wait for things to be in the proper place.
Be Patient – The Power of Waiting
Queen Esther had already waited 3 days and she still made sure that all of the pieces were in place before she approached the King. She knew that everything had to be perfect for her to plan to work.
As we learned in Part 2 of this series, Esther knew she was risking her life by trying to see the king without being called. At the minimum, she knew the king could banish her for not being submissive as he had done to his former Queen (Esther Chapter 1).
So, after the 3 days of fasting, she prepared herself by putting on the royal robes. This may seem like an unimportant detail but I think it showed that Esther knew she had to be patient. Esther wanted to approach the king with reverence and purpose.
Put Yourself in the Right Place in the Right Way
Esther didn’t just bust down the palace door and demand to see her husband. She showed the king the utmost respect by giving him the opportunity to invite her into his presence. She put herself into his line of sight and let him take control. This restraint and the respect shown is what pleased the king.
After Esther went before the king, he basically told her that she could have anything she wanted. Her limit was half of his kingdom so her approach had clearly won his approval.
Be Patient – Don’t Rush Things
At this point, Esther probably could have brought her concerns about Haman and his plot to destroy the Jews to the him. The king would have probably felt tricked into accepting the Queen’s presence. He would have probably felt like he once again had a disobedient wife that was meddling in things she shouldn’t be.
Instead, Queen Esther continued to be patient and invited the king and Haman to a banquet. Yes, she even invited Haman…the enemy of her people! During the feast, the king asked her again what she desired and offered her up to half of the kingdom.
Once again, Esther could have used this as her chance to bring her concerns to the king. Again, Esther used a different approach and invited the king and Haman to another banquet the next day. She told the king that she would answer the king’s question at that time.
Have a Purpose
What was the purpose of this plan of Esther’s? Basically, I think, Esther was giving Haman “enough rope to hang himself”. She was using his pride to her advantage.
Haman didn’t disappoint her either. He went home after the first feast and boasted to his wife and friends about all of the ways the king had honored him. Then he told them that he was the only person that had been invited to accompany the king to the Queen’s banquet. Then he complained that Mordecai showed him no respect. His wife and friends told him to erect a pole, 50 cubits high and to ask the king to have Mordecai impaled. He like the idea so much that he erected the pole right then.
In today’s world, we want everything right now. Everyone today expects instant gratification of their wants and desires. One of the hardest things to do is to be patient and wait on the things that you want.
A friend of mine, Gene Whitehead said in a blog about waiting on God, “Waiting seems to be a big part of following God. I don’t know about you, but I’m learning and re-learning that difficult lesson. I also admit that it’s most difficult when I’m the one trying to control things.” Nothing describes this feeling better than this statement. It is hard to slow down and be patient.
When looking at the story of Esther, we see that her patience is probably what saved her life. She knew that the Jews would pray during the time of fasting and that God would be with her. She also knew that going to the king on her own could bring about her own death. So, she made a plan, took her time and was patient. Because of the way she approached the situation, her life was spared and she was ultimately able to save her people.