“All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.” (Esther 4:11, NKJV)
The words above were Queen Esther’s response to the horrendous news from Mordecai that all the Jews were to be annihilated, and to his appeal for her to go to the king, her husband, and plead for her people.
We know how the story ends but as I think of these words, I acknowledge that Esther’s response was fact based; however, it seems self-centered, given what was at stake. I do not judge Esther because I know I have been guilty of stating facts as an excuse not to do hard things. I pray that God will always place a Mordecai in my life, who will expose my excuses for what they are and hold my feet to the fire. He has placed me where I am for His purpose and it is not “facts” that matter but my obedience.
I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community (on a Saturday) for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Excuse.”