God’s word is so fascinating. I’ve been studying the book of Esther. Today I was in chapter 4, when Mordecai plead with Esther to go before the king on behalf of the Jews, Esther included. She sent word back to Mordecai, “Remember the law. Anyone who appears before the king uninvited is subject to death, unless the king finds favor with them and extends his scepter.” (Paraphrase mine) It had been thirty days since Esther had seen the king. She didn’t know his frame of mind or how he would react. Appearing before him uninvited meant risking her life. She was afraid, and I can’t say I blame her.
Mordecai reminded her that she was Jewish and just because she was in the king’s house didn’t exclude her from the edict pronouncing death. And he said, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (NIV). The word relief is the Hebrew רֶוַח If you look this word up in Strong’s concordance it is defined as space, interval, respite, relief. However, I listened to a commentary by Chuck Missler who pointed out that this Hebrew word also means a breath, or wind. Curious to check out what I heard, I began to do some research. Two different online translators also gave the following definition to this Hebrew word: wind, spirit, air.
I can’t help but think of the creation in Genesis when God breathed life into man. Air escaped God and entered man and life was born. In Acts chapter 2, the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles with a mighty wind. Here in the book of Esther, we see a powerful proclamation. God will release his Spirit, a wind, a breath of air, and deliverance will come.
God breathes and things happen. With one breath he created planets, set mountains in place, shot stars into the space, and gave life to man. With one breath he can forgive, heal, and calm a raging storm. Where do you need God to breathe today? Perhaps it’s with a wayward child, financial loss, a breaking heart, or fatal illness. No matter what your hardship, God wants to breathe into that situation. Will you be open to his breath today?