And the king said to her, “What do you wish, QueenEsther? What is your request? It shall
be given to you up to half my kingdom!”
Among those who served in the court of Alexander the Great was a famous philosopher
who had outstanding ability but little money.
He asked Alexander for financial help and was told he could draw whatever cash he
needed from the imperial treasury. Immediately he submitted to the treasurer a request for
an amount equal to $50,000 today.
The keeper of the funds was startled and said he couldn’t give him that much money
without a direct order. Going to Alexander, the treasurer argued that a small fraction of the
money requested would be more appropriate.
But the king replied, “Pay the money at once. This philosopher has done me a singular
honor. By the large size of his request he shows that he has understood both my wealth and
King Ahasuerus showed an equally generous attitude toward Esther. He possessed enormous
wealth and was willing to share it with her, even up to half of his enormous kingdom if she
Our Heavenly Father reflects this same bountifulness toward us. The apostle Paul wrote,
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with
Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). No request is too big for God.
Perhaps you feel your need is too great to ask for God’s help. Maybe you even think you
have already tapped God’s generosity to the extreme.
Could He possibly forgive you again for that same sin? Will He really provide for that
astronomical need? The answer is yes! If your request is consistent with God’s will, you
need never worry about asking for too much. God delights in hearing from you.
BIG GIFTS ARE THE SIGN OF A BIG GOD. WOODROW KROLL