"Polish" - 1) To make smooth and shiny; 2) To free from coarseness; 3) To complete or perfect by removing flaws.
Have I experienced God's salvation in my lifeWhat does the word "sacrifice" mean to me?
"Christ sowed the seed of salvation in humanity in order that it might grow especially in each individual soul."
Essays on Women
"Step 4: Polishing Through Salvation"
"Salvation: Preservation or deliverance from danger, evil, or difficulty."
The past few days we have been studying the life of the beautiful heroine Queen Esther. We have watched as God "polished" her through sorrow, separation and sacrifice. All this in preparation for Esther to fulfill the plan God had for her life.
When we left Esther yesterday, at the peril of her own life, she had faced the king and asked for the "salvation" of her people.
And here is where the story takes an interesting turn. The law as laid down by the king of the Medes and Persians was a binding, unchangeable law. There was an edict on the books signed by the king ordering the destruction of the Jewish people. This could not be rescinded. However, King Ahasuerus told Esther he would write a new edict which would supersede his previous order. In fact, he told Esther, "Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring may no man reverse" (Esther 8: 8, K.J.V.).
The new letter was sent out across the land by "posts on horseback and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries."
In this new instruction, the king instructed the Jews in every city to gather together and defend themselves against anyone who would assault them. What happened when the day arrived that the destruction of the Jewish people was to take place? Esther 9: 2 says, "No man could withstand them." There was "salvation" in the land. The Jews were delivered.
While this story took place long ago, there are two important lessons that apply directly to the "polishing" work God is doing in our lives today.
Lesson #1: Salvation comes from the king. It was the king, only, who could save the people.
Lesson #2: Once the king had issued the decree of "deliverance," the people were to stand up to the enemy, "in the name of the king." They were powerless on their own to save themselves. However, in the name of the king, they could stand up against the evil power. The king gave them authority to use his name when confronting evil.
I pray you and I will remember these two key lessons. God "polishes" us through the power of His deliverance - His salvation - by releasing us from the power of evil and then giving us the authority of His name in our lives.
David, whom we studied last week, found that the deliverance, the salvation he longed for in his life, came from God. In fact, over 63 times in the Psalms, David talks about God's salvation. He clearly knew who his deliverer was:
Lesson #1: "Salvation belongs to the Lord; may Your blessing be upon Your people" (Psalm 3: 8, Amplified Bible.)
Lesson #2: "I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You have become my salvation and Deliverer" (Psalm 118: 21, Amplified Bible).
Whatever struggle you are facing today in your life, aren't you thankful you have the power of the King to deliver you? And in His power, you can face, with the King's authority, any battle, knowing you can trust in the "salvation" of the King!
"Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exult in the victorious God of my Salvation."
Habakkuk 3: 18
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation."
Isaiah 12: 2, K.J.V.
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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