How do you approach God? Is it in a ”Hey buddy – bru, can I please have x, y & z …” kind of way, if so, then I would think twice if I were you.
The most wonderful example we could all do well to follow, would be to do and make requests as she did. Let me share the story as I perceive it.
In the old days, if you were to approach a King without him requesting you, this senseless action would cost you your life. The soldiers would chop off your head! It did not matter who you were, it was madness to come to the King without him summoning you. The only way for you to survive, would be for the King to be merciful by lifting his scepter in approval of your visitation.
There was a brave woman, beautiful and zealous, yet humble in her ways. At her uncle’s command, she appeared before her King uninvited. Take note, she fasted and prayed fervently before fulfilling the wish of the man who reared and loved her as a father.
The way in which she came near to the King was with the uttermost respect, reverence and fear. She had favor, beyond measure from God and man due to her meek nature. The King saw her true-colors, knowing she was genuine and lovely inwardly, he trusted her. She was not known as one who made lavish requests. She only asked for what was necessary.
Esther 5:2 – ”When the King saw Esther the Queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the King extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter.”
This Queen was chosen to save the Lords people. What a great commission. Queen Esther, set the most wonderful example of honor I have ever heard of.
She made requests like this –
Esther 8:5 – “If it pleases the King,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me … ”
She knew very well that the King deserved her honor and admiration; she dared not to come near him in an indecent manner. Esther had wisdom from above and was not too proud to bend the knee. I received this reprimand with dignity as a daughter of the Most High God: ”Watch your mouth!” , not just when talking to Him, but also in the way I lead my day-to-day affairs.
The way in which we come near to God, not just as our King but also as our friend, should be one of reverence, God-given fear and confidence. God, like the King in the book of Esther, would grant us up to half the kingdom if we asked. Mind you, He has given us everything for life and godliness, all things for our enjoyment – our most generous God!
What I loved about this woman was that her wishes were not in vain, they were out of obedience and submission, for the benefit of the people of God.
She was unashamed, untainted by the world and its lusts. Her heart was pure before God. Hence the reason she was entrusted with such great responsibility.
Don’t get me wrong; to be ”real” with God has its treasure moments as well. Speaking in your ”own language”, with a normal tone of voice, being comfortable and intimate with Jesus, and telling Him whatever is on your heart is God -given grace!
We have this mercy extended to us through Jesus Christ.
Jesus in all likeness is the scepter of God. Had it not been for his death on the cross and His resurrection we would not be-able to come boldly before the Lord to obtain grace.
I just have an urgency laid on my heart to express the purity and divinity of the fear of God.
May our precious and omnipotent Lord and Savior re-install the fear of God that is intended to bring us closer to Him and prompt our spirits to make requests the way Queen Esther did, in Jesus Name.