Unwise choices cause unpleasant predicaments. That is why we want to use the tools that help in decisions; lessons from the Bible, the Holy Spirit speaking to us deep in our hearts, and consulting with others who have already gone through the experience. Reading and sharing thoughts over the last week in the first part of the book of Esther, I’ve noted several lessons we can learn from this thrilling story of a Jewish girl whom God uses to save her nation.
The story begins with Xerxes, the king of Persia who is giving a feast. The king and his men had already partied for a while and had reached a point where boredom had set in so the king thought he would show off his beautiful queen for entertainment. He sent some of his men to get the queen but she refused to take part in the king’s request.
One thing led to another and the king decided to ditch Queen Vashti and set out to find another Queen. The plan was to gather all the beautiful women into one place, give them beauty treatments, healthy food, and get them prepared for their time to be with the king. They each had their turn with the king but he was attracted to Esther more than any of the other women so he made her queen.
The king didn’t fully know of her background but it turns out that Esther was one of the Jewish exiles in Babylon; an orphan raised by her cousin named Mordecai. Now she was Queen of Persia. In studying the life of Esther, we see how God can use anyone for His purpose and there is always hope because God is at work to take our wares and open doors. Every adversity has a benefit when we stay loyal to God and believe opportunity can come disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.
Tensions began to grow when a man by the name of Haman who was liked by the king and held a high position became upset when Mordecai who didn’t show respect to him by bowing before him. Remember, Mordecai was the cousin of Esther who had raised her. Haman was so angry that he made a proposal to the king; a diabolical plot to destroy all Jews.
As recorded in Esther 4, Mordecai hears of the pending disaster for the Jewish people. Haman had convinced the king to annihilate all Jews – young and old, women and children. Upon hearing about the plot, Mordecai boldly goes into the public to express his outrage. Also with boldness, Esther demonstrates her faith and character as she takes on the challenge given by Mordecai to save her people.
This event was larger than Esther’s self-interest. She felt that she was placed in this position for a purpose and had the courage and initiative to step up and take on the challenge. From Esther, we learn that we shouldn’t be afraid to be the right person for the right time because God is there with us. As we face tough opponents in life, let us as God’s people encourage one another. Let us use our weapon of prayer and be confident that God is bigger than any opponent we might face.
As I finish the thrilling story of Esther, please join me or check in often as I share on a daily basis at: This Day with God.
- Esther 1-5 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
- Day 143: Esther 5-10; For Such a Time as This (orcministries.wordpress.com)
- Esther (biblicalpeople.wordpress.com)