"Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
~Esther 4:14b (NKJV)
Now on to a little bit of stage setting…..as is usually the case with any study that I conduct or participate in, God always has the perfect study for where I am spiritually. As I began “How to Come Before The King,” I found myself, like Esther, in a place of spiritual abundance. I will be honest, in all my years as a Believer and Follower of Christ, I had never been in such a season before. Especially not for this length of time.
Although I was in awe and relished the peace and victory, I was also sort of questioning God about what a person is supposed to do in this season. It did not take long for me to have opportunity to minister to a number of Women of God who were under severe spiritual attack. Before I knew it, God’s Spirit was daily leading me to be in vigilant prayer, and constant encouragement of these precious women.
One evening during Week Four of How to Come Before The King, as I was in prayer, The Spirit of The Lord reminded me of two incidents in scripture. The first was of David and Bathsheba; and, the second was of Aaron and Hur on the hill as the Israelites fought in battle. Here are two very similar situations with drastically different results.
In the first situation, the Israelites were at war, but their king was not. He was supposed to be, but instead he remained behind as his men fought victoriously…while he fell into great temptation and sin. In the second situation, the leader Moses was on the battlefield, but his arms often became weary. So God brought him two helpers to hold up his arms to ensure that their people won the battle together.
As I recalled these incidents, and read what played out in Esther chapter four, I felt a word of instruction clearly saying, “During this season of abundance, you are to be like Aaron, Hur and Esther. Don’t do as David did.” In other words, just because The Lord shields us from Satan, and gives us rest from our enemies (for a season), does not mean we are allowed to be self-focused and lazy! Our season of abundance is so that we can help, hold up the arms of, and stand in the gap for OTHERS.
Just like Esther could have relished in her season of great ease and favor, and Aaron and Hur could have let Moses stand alone, we each will have opportunities to take advantage of a season of prosperity and make life all about us. But remember David! The moment he became complacent and neglectful of his calling, was the moment he fell. Praise God for His provision of victory and protection from enemies, because it comes from Him and it is for His purposes. But ALWAYS stay on the battlefield! Someone somewhere is in a season of intense warfare! Be their Aaron, Hur, or Esther…
~Pouring my life out in worship, like Costly Oil~