Esther is without any hesitation one of my top favourite characters in the Bible. Because there is so much about her that mystifies me. And in a book where there is no mention of the name God we see the subtle hand of God at work throughout this story.
The characters in this book are varied. And Esther’s story encompasses actions that were filled with risk, restraint and the redemption of God’s divine plan. Where choices are made from a place of either fear or wisdom.
How many times have we acted with little regard to the consequences in certain situations?
- In a culture where it is so easy to follow the crowd, have you considered ways you could choose that might protect you if you opted not to go with the majority?
In our lives there is a profound need to live in a balanced facet of moderation, boldness and wisdom. All of which we encounter in the life of this beautiful woman. There are multi-faceted emotions intertwined in this story of complicated love. When the king chose to banish his queen – who was the one that was being disrespectful?
Have there been situations where you didn’t fully grasp or comprehend at the onset, later discovering you had failed to listen to God, be patient and attentive to what He was trying to say to you in that situation?
Then upon reflection your hasteful actions (divulged over time) filled you with regret for the decisions you made. Not always is making a choice the correct one. The king was surrounded by wise counsellors. However, Esther had the greatest Counsellor. And we can relate to this especially in the difficult and uncomfortable situations we face.
- Who can we trust and turn to?
- Those who will agree with what we say and never condone us?
- Or those who will challenge us and push us beyond our limits?
God has placed within each of us so much potential in how he can shape our lives. We have to choose to listen to him and believe that He will execute His plans as creator of our destiny. Especially when you are right in the middle of a situation that isn’t clear cut and obvious.
- Do you believe that everything you need is right there inside of you?
If God calls you then know He will fulfil the purpose that you have been called to. Esther spent a year becoming beautiful following an extensive beauty regime, in addition to being nurtured into the person God made her to be. Unlike the many girls that paraded before the king, there was something about her that captured the king’s attention. God had positioned her beauty, not only outwardly but the inward beauty to mesmerise the king and position her in His divine plan for what He wanted her to accomplish.
Are there times when you doubt your worth… perhaps based on you looks or ability or your past?
Everything that has transpired in your life (even to this point) has been part of God’s design for His calling and destiny to be fulfilled for you. Our responsibility is to distinguish that God cares about the finest details of your life and listen for His prompts to guide us towards trusting He has granted you everything you need. The king chose Esther and perhaps there was something that he couldn’t quite put his finger on that made him want her as his queen. Her outer beauty may have been accentuated by the treatments and beauty regime, but from within she was a Kingly girl because she knew who she belonged to. She portrayed herself as a princess that God made her to be in the image of her King and Father above.
- Maybe life has disappointed you. You have a trail of shattered dreams and missed opportunities. A box filled with regrets?
Today as a daughter of the King you are valuable and highly esteemed. And you are here which means that God has a plan and reason for all the testing’s and trials you have or are encountering. When we realise that our value is in who and what God has made us to be then no situation in life will be able to deduct the value God holds us in.
Coincidentally at the time of Esther becoming the Queen and the king falling in love with her, there is a plot against him. And Esther’s cousin Mordecai heard of this and informed the new queen who was rapidly able to convey this to him.
Have there been times where you have doubted the grace of God at work in your life?
You cannot see anything happening so you question God. Yet everyday His grace is subtly at work in our lives, in our plans beyond what we envisage or concede. Subsequently, Mordecai fell subject to scrutiny. He declined the orders to bow to Haman, as he would only bow to the One True God. His example was to God and none other. In those times you are in the fire and feel all alone, if you looked carefully you would note that God was there all along. He declined the orders to bow to Haman, as he would only bow to the One True God.
- Are there times in your life where you have to uncover the authority that you bow down to?
- Is it clear to others who is the centre of your life and holds the throne of your heart?
- Is God the most important influence in your life?
We know the story ends well, because Haman was hung. And the inner beauty of Esther revealed her courage to stand up to the king before Her King. Because of this she not only won his heart but completed the destiny God had for her and her people. Read this book in the bible, overflowing with drama and plots, a theatre production.
- What is the most pivotal authority in your life? In the choices and decisions you make?
Today if you struggling, why not take a moment to ask God to reveal to you what He is speaking into your life.
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