Spontaneous Devotions

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of my tongue. There are so many examples in the Bible of the power of words.

Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue can bring death or life;”

I think of Queen Esther when her uncle Mordecai told her about the edict that all the Jews would be killed. She listened to what her uncle suggested she should do, but what she saw was an impossible situation. She knew that anyone who went to see the king uninvited would be killed. She looked at her situation and saw certain death. But when challenged with Mordecai’s words that told her the truth of God’s sovereignty; His perfect timing, His perfect positioning, and His perfect provision, Queen Esther was willing to let go of her fear, her own understanding, and she allowed God to decide what would happen. She came to the place of full surrender of self when she responded with the words, “If I must die, I must die.”

This surrender of self, letting go of her fear and her own understanding, and fully trusting God to decide what would happened opened the door for the miraculous!

God moved in incredible ways to make a way for the Jews to be saved. But it all began when Mordecai and Queen Esther chose to look at their impossible situation through eyes of faith, to let go of fear and their own understanding, and by allowing God to show them what path to take.

Lord, may I respond as Queen Esther when faced with an impossible situation, one that I don’t know how it may turn out. May I be willing to die to myself; my own fears, my own understanding, my own rights, my very life if need be, in order to do what You are calling me to do. May I trust in Your perfect timing, Your perfect positioning, and Your perfect provision. For You have shown me through the obedience of this young woman the power of obedience and trust; how it opens the way for the miraculous, for the impossible, and for the salvation of others!