Quite possibly one of my most favorite stories in the Bible is that of Esther. Perhaps because it is a “girl-becomes-royalty-saves-her-generation-happily-ever-after” story that was orchestrated by God. Esther was just an ordinary girl. In fact, she had been through tremendous loss. Her parents had died a tragic death leaving her an orphan. As a result, she was lovingly raised by her cousin, Mordecai. She was just enjoying God and serving him and in one moment a wave of His will overtook her and she found herself in the King’s palace.
If you have seen the movie “One Night with the King” (one of my personal favorites), Esther is depicted as a beautiful girl who loves and serves others. In the movie, when she is taken to the palace to prepare to meet the king, she is hesitant and does not want to go. Yet she holds onto faith and does not let the circumstance rob her of joy. I imagine that she was the girl who made moments light and put the other girls at ease. Esther was just an ordinary girl, the difference, however, was that she served an EXTRA-ordinary God.
Eventually we read that Esther finds favor in the King’s palace with the eunuchs and over the course of time, after all of the required preparing, she meets the King. He, of course, is captivated by her, so much so that Esther becomes the queen of Persia! #DreamsComeTrue #ILoveThisStory
I do not know if Esther realized at that moment the epic significance to what her new position held. Yet, God had specifically ordained this moment even before she ascended the throne and the crown was placed upon her head.
God does not do things in vain. Every moment, every season, every event in our lives will be used for His glory and it is a part of the story that He is writing through us. Nothing is wasted. Nothing of Esther’s life was wasted.
In every “princess story” there is always a villain and our villain in this story was Haman. Haman detested the Jewish people and wanted to annihilate them. He slyly manipulated the King into signing an agreement that would cause genocide of the Jewish people:
4 When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2 But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. 3 In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4 When Esther’s eunuchs and female attendants came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. 5 Then Esther summoned Hathak, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.
6 So Hathak went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. 7 Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. 8 He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told him to instruct her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.
9 Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 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 your royal position for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
17 So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions. [Esther 4]
Wow. Esther’s people are about to be annihilated and in her hands she has the power and the opportunity to do something! Everything of her life has been leading up to this! What courage in Christ to face this situation head on even if it meant death for her!
I believe the call of my generation is to be the voice that will speak against the lies of the enemy! The enemy wants nothing more than to annihilate our generation! But I believe with everything in me that there is a generation, a new breed, a new tribe that has risen up FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS who will DARE to SPEAK UP and SAVE their people from the grip of the enemy!
I cannot even begin to imagine the countless emotions and thoughts that Esther went through, but she rose up courageous, confident in the Lord, she took her place in the palace, and she said something! She saved her people from death! Amen!
Maybe now you can see why I am so passionate about the significance in this story. The call of Esther is for us too! You and I are just ORDINARY, but GOD puts the EXTRA in our ordinary! He is the EXTRA that we need! He is the EXTRA courage, EXTRA boldness, EXTRA confidence!
I get so excited in knowing that every detail of my life, every prompting of the Spirit is for a purpose; nothing has been wasted. I thank God for His strength and His courage in my life. Nothing is from or of me, but is all Him.
Will you answer this call with me…for such a time as this?