Thursday, October 10, 2013

31 Days of Grace: The Throne of Grace

31 Days of Grace
Day 10


The King loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the others; so he set a royal crown upon her head and made her queen. 
Esther 2:17

Grace = unmerited favor.  For an unknown reason (although hindsight allows us to know the reason), Esther was special in the eyes of King Xerxes.  She was so special, actually, that she was chosen to become queen over all the other women who showed up for tryouts.  And, if you're familiar with the story, this unmerited favor (grace), was crucial in Esther's role in saving her people from a wicked genocide plot.  The King so loved Esther that when she came into his presence to make a request, he welcomed her wholeheartedly and listened to what she had to say, a gesture that wasn't often the case in ancient times with ancient kings.  But, Esther wasn't positive this would have been the king's response.  She decided that she would make the request on behalf of her people whether or not the king welcomed her into the throne room, and uttered these most famous words, "And if I perish, I perish."

Esther was very uncertain of what would happen after she appeared uninvited to the king.  Her very life was on the line.  She had obtained grace and favor in his sight, but still wasn't openly invited to meet with him.

Not so with our King.

Hebrews 4:16 instructs us to come boldly before God's throne to find grace and mercy in our time of need.  And as children of God, we have obtained unmerited favor in His sight.  Knowing that, why wouldn't we come boldly before His throne?  Esther was waiting for the king to extend his scepter so she knew whether or not she was welcome in his presence.  We are always welcome.  The grace and favor the Lord extends to us means we never have to wonder whether He will hold out His scepter - His throne room is always open for us.

Unmerited favor (grace) = unrestricted access to the Heavenly Throne.  May we always be aware of this privilege God's grace allows us to experience.


2 comments:

  1. Perhaps in Christian circles, we become desensitized to this. Thank you, Sarah for the beautiful word picture and gentle reminder of this massive privilege and resultant security.

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    1. Massive privilege and resultant security ... what a wonderful way to put it!

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