Christianity 201

March 16, 2019

The Cost of Trust

This article is taken from the first half of a longer article with two subsections titled ‘The Cost of Trust’ and ‘The Benefits of Trust.’ It’s from a site we first introduced here six months ago named My Olive Tree. Click the header below to read the entire article.

Purim: Trusting God

The Cost of Trust:

We all know of the story of Esther, or Hadassah, as was her Jewish name…

Of how she, the cousin of Mordecai, was taken to the palace with dozens of other candidates for the position of queen, due to her beauty. How she, by the grace of God, was chosen to take the place of Vashti and hid her identity. How, even when the king had not called for her for some time, she went before the king to petition the life of her people—the Jews. Of how she risked death because she trusted in her God… because trust was all she had.

This story, while containing many pieces—many ways it can be unpacked—has one thing at its heart…

Trust.

Faith in action.

Not only with Esther, but all the Jews of Persia!

They all turned to God in that time of jeopardy. They remembered God’s promises and help from generations past and decided to act. They decided to trust.

They prayed to God; fasted; and many, such as Mordecai, even put on sackcloth and ashes.

They trusted that God was the only answer. That their faith and love of Him would be rewarded.

Yet, it was Esther herself who had to bring forth the greatest show of trust…

She prayed and fasted, as did all of her people, yet she knew she was going to be at the greatest risk—and, unlike her people, she was making that choice. Many of her fellow Jews might be able to flee. Indeed, as the decree for their destruction was but proclaimed for one day, perhaps some could simply hide and hope for the best…

Yet, Esther was going to plead for her people. She was going to go before the King of Persia unannounced—surely to die should God not soften the king’s heart toward her. She was choosing to trust in God’s power… in His faithfulness.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3: 5,6

What a test of trust that was. What a symbol of Esther’s devotion.

We can imagine the scene…

Walking to meet the king, guards preparing to kill her as the king had yet to hold out his golden scepter. Only her trust in God could have kept her going. Only her faith in His goodness and mercy.

Her legs surely felt heavy as she walked toward the king; how her heart must have beat wildly despite her trust.

Swords being drawn, the king seemingly immobile and not ready to act as her courage so beguiled and bewildered him.

Yet, God softened the king’s heart. He caused him to remember her kindly; to remember why God had prompted him to choose her… and he held out the scepter. He spared her life.

But, even then, was Esther truly safe with Haman so close… as she invited the king and Haman to dine with her?

Did she still not have to trust in God that the king would hear her petition? Did she not have to trust as she revealed her heritage, identity, and very people… a people destined by law for destruction?

It was an act of trust to invite the king and Haman at all… let alone two times as she and God prepared the heart of the king further still.

She trusted God with her life… the lives of her people… her future and that of generations to come.

It cost her to trust God.

By trusting in Him and not herself, she directly placed herself in danger…

The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” — Daniel 6:16b

Dictionary.com describes the definition of trust as:

  1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
  2. confident expectation of something; hope.
  3. confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit

Esther relied on God’s goodness, His strength, integrity, and surety to help His people. She was confident in His love for His people, and hoped in the unseen… in a future where God would act. She had a confidence in the covenants that God had made with His people, and was assured that He would make good His promises.

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”—Numbers 23:19

 

…continue to part two, The Benefits of Trust… (scroll down to header)

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