Esther was an orphan girl who was brought up by her uncle. She became queen and was almost killed because of nothing other than her race! Then, she connected to God’s plan, took bold steps and saved the Jewish people from destruction!
What happened here and how does it apply to us?
Esther, Chapter 1, Verses 11-19.
King Asaheurus sent for his wife Queen Vashti to come to his party so people could see how beautiful she was. But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger. Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in the matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times and were closet to the king. (All those guys in verse 14), the seven nobles of Persia and Media who had special access to the king and were highest in the kingdom.
Verse 15. “According to law, what must be done to Queen Vashti?” he asked. “She has not obeyed the command of King Xerxes that the eunuchs have taken to her.” Then Memucan replied in the presence of the king and the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces of King Xerxes. For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.
This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who’ve heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord. Therefore, if it pleases the King, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who’s better than she.”
You can be in a place of privilege, but you can also lose out.
A lot of people start out privileged, blessed with Christian parents who love them, pray for them, guide them even though sometimes they don’t listen to good advice. Vashti didn’t FEEL like doing what the king said, so she didn’t. She didn’t feel like doing what her husband said so she didn’t. 2 authorities here: government and family – she didn’t submit to him on either! It never dawned on her what her stubbornness would cost her. We never hear of her again but it’s clear she lost out on her position! Does this happen to believers today? Whose choice is it? They don’t think there are consequences for their choices.
He hadn’t asked much of her.
The King just wanted her to come out and let people see how beautiful she was, how well taken care of and she was pampered! That’s all God asks of us at times: Let your father which is in Heaven! Some people let themselves get negative, follow the counsel of negative people who aren’t making it and won’t do what God says. What does the Lord require that anyone couldn’t do? For what He’s given us and blessed us with, He asks very little. King Ahasuerus wanted to bless Vashti even more but she didn’t want to be bothered! Maybe her hair wasn’t right or she didn’t feel she was ready.
Always be ready, available and presentable for the Lord to use you.
Be ready be praying, being close to him and listening to the Holy Spirit. Read. Listen and be willing. What do I mean when I say presentable? Well, here it is! How we look DOES matter. If we look like we’re barely making it, that we have no self-image, dressed sloppy and dirty like we don’t think much of ourselves then who’s going to listen?
A poor orphan girl gets to be Queen instead!
Esther 2:15 “When the turn came for Esther, the girl Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his Uncle Abihail, go to the king and she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, the seventh year of his reign. Now the king was attracted to Esther more than any other women and she won his favor and approval more than the others. So, he sat a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. The king gave a great banquet, Esther banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with loyal liberality. When the virgins were assembled the second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. Esther on the other hand, kept her secret, her family background and nationality. She was Jewish. She did what Mordecai told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.
You can start off wrong but end up right.
Learn to listen and learn and you will overcome your past not matter how negative it may have been. Learn to drop the bad habits.
Esther 2:17. And the king loved Esther above all the women and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. See, what hold most people back are their habits! Many people are beautiful, or at least cute on the outside, but on the inside they’re very cruel, selfish, and hateful and their personality is ugly.
Know what’s important to you.
We need to be prepared for God’s opportune moments. Like a coach tapping Esther, saying you’re in. We never know when He will tap you and say, “You’re in. This is your chance.” Vashti was unprepared when she was called to come before the king, so she didn’t do it. She didn’t show up. When God calls us to show up, do we come? Are we available to Him in public? Are we willing to respond to his request to be associated with Him or do we refuse to respond? Many voices are calling out to us and when only one is necessary to listen to.
Get good counsel and DO what they say to do.
Esther was ready because she had a teachable spirit. That’s one reason God chose her. She was willing to learn from those that God placed in her life. Chapter 2:15 says, when she was being coached by one of the eunuchs, she asked for nothing other than what he suggested that she ask for. She took his advice. Chapter 2:20 says, that she continued to follow her uncle Mordecai’s counsel, like she had done when he was bringing her up.
She knew how to be in submission to those who had been around longer and were put over her, for her blessing and protection. They knew what to do and what to avoid, so she could be prepared and not give up in what God set before her. Good counsel keeps us on fire and determined to follow God fully.
Because she walked in Godly counsel, she didn’t miss God’s opportunity.
God has got something very important for you to do and bless others in but you’ve got to be willing to learn and listen. Esther had been given natural beauty as a gift but she didn’t stop there. Vashti had been given natural beauty as a gift but Esther chose to learn especially from those who God had placed in authority. Many people have missed out on God’s greatest blessings, new jobs and opportunities simple because they weren’t where they needed to be at the appointed time and didn’t know where to look!
Things aren’t always what they appear.
Esther 3:8-9. Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, there is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people of thy kingdom; and their laws are different from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to allow them. If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed and I will pay 10 thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business to bring it into the king’s treasuries.
We need to stay close to the Lord because many times we don’t recognize evil because of the package it’s wrapped up in. Many people have been destroyed because they were overconfident, judging by outward appearance rather than letting God reveal to them what was going on in the heart.
Perhaps you have been chosen for such a time as this:
Esther 4:14. “…who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Think about where you are. Where has God placed you in your job? What specific opportunities do you face? What might God be asking you to do at your job in order to further the kingdom? Ask Him to show you and to speak to you His opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life.
There are people who will never come to the Lord if you don’t speak to them. You’re a part of God’s plan and you have a divine purpose. There’s something you are meant to do with your life. We’re not her at random nor are we numbers. God has put us HERE for His purposes. Jesus put it this way. You didn’t choose me but I chose you.