Esther 9 & 10: From Fear to Confidence
Read Esther 9 & Esther 10 before reading this blog.
"So on March 7 the two decrees of the king were put into effect. On that day, the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but quite the opposite happened. It was the Jews who overpowered their enemies. The Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the king’s provinces to attack anyone who tried to harm them. But no one could make a stand against them, for everyone was afraid of them."
As we dive in Esther chapters 9 and 10 we read of great victory, for now the Jews fight for the King. In just a couple days the Jewish people came together and killed 75,800 men. The Jewish people were given a position and knowing who they served gave them great confidence. King Xerxes, in his great power, was the one who sent out the decree, the one who gave the order, allowing and commanding the Jewish people to fight back for their lives. And when the battle starts to rage in Esther 9, we see that King Xerxes is rooting for the Jewish team. This gave the Jewish people great confidence to go forth and fight the great fight. They knew who their King was, they knew of his power, his authority, and his protection.
The definition of fear we’re going to focus on for tonight is: “To feel anxiety and apprehension on behalf of.” or “To avoid or put off doing something because one is afraid.”
The definition of confidence is “The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone of something; firm trust.”
Hebrews 13:6 says “So we can say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
The King is For You
When you know that the King you serve supports you, roots for you, and has a guarantee of victory, you should have great confidence. You never have to fear failure or defeat and you never have to be anxious, because the King is on your side. In fact, worry is atheist in nature because when you worry, you do not believe in who God says He is. When we remember that our position is in the army of the King of all Kings, we are given a command on how to feel about our lives:
Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Confidence throughout Esther
We see Mordecai exercise this type of confidence in Esther 3 when he does not bow down to Haman, we see this confidence in Esther 4 when Mordecai says “deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place,” we see this confidence in Esther 5, 6, and 7 when Mordecai’s people are threatened to be killed, and he still does not bow down! We see this confidence in Esther 8 when Esther hosts the second banquet, stands up, and condemns Haman. And we also see this confidence in Esther 9 when the Jewish people go to fight the good fight to earn back their freedom. Esther is not a book about fearlessness, but it is a book about choosing confidence in the Lord over any humanly fear.
He Has our Life in His Hands
The simple truth is, when we repent of our sins, and hand our lives over to Jesus saying “You are Lord, I am not Lord”, we have nothing to be fearful of, He can be trusted. Do you hear God calling you to someplace? To start a new project? To lead a new initiative? To take a leap of faith? To wait on His timing? To follow Him? You are commanded not to be fearful; not to worry. It is said that the Bible says “Do not be afraid” 365 times. That is enough to get you through every single day of the year. Be strong and very courageous, the King of victory is calling you! Like King Xerxes, Jesus has issued a decree for you, He has an order for you, and He has the master plan in His hands.
This does not mean that you won’t experience trials, tribulation, heartache, and resistance stepping forth in this calling. In fact, you do have an Opposer working against you. But as Jesus reminds us in
John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The victory is in Jesus Christ. He is the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords, and He is the only one who has overcome the entire world. How could He possibly lead you astray?
When life gets tough, when fear paralyzes you, when courage escapes you, lean into the Lord, listen to Him, follow Him, obey Him, and remember that when you serve this victor, no one can make a stand against you. When the battle starts to rage, like Mordecai, remember that you serve the King, the one with the master plan. This will give you great confidence to go forth and fight the good fight. Let’s all have confidence in The Lord, “the feeling or belief that one can rely on God; firm trust.”
Romans 8:28, 31-32: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
2 Kings 6:16:“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
What is one thing in your life you feel God giving you an order to do?
What was one time you worried about an issue and God gave you victory?
What does confidence: firm trust mean to you?