The book of Esther in the Old Testament reads like a novel. It sits between the books of Nehemiah and Job.
We drop in on a conversation between Queen Esther and Mordecai, her cousin. Before we get into the heart of the conversation, we need to hit the rewind button and see how we arrived at the exchange.
Queen Vashti Is Out
At the beginning of the book, we see King Xerxes showing off his wealth with lavish parties. Queen Vashti gets in on the action and throws her own party.
When the King calls for her, she refuses.
After much review of the laws and customs, she is removed from her royal position, and a new queen is sought.
A search for the next queen went out to all the surrounding provinces. Esther was a striking beauty, and she was taken into the king’s court along with a number of other gals.
Esther received beauty treatments for twelve months before she would be permitted to go before the king.
She had found favor with members of the court because God had granted her this favor.
At last, King Xerxes was pleased with Esther and made her queen.
The Plot Thickens
Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, uncovers a conspiracy to kill the king and shares it with Esther. She tells the king, and it didn’t end well for the conspirators.
After the conspiracy, another plot was forming by Haman to assassinate all the Jews in the land because Mordecai (a jew) would not bow a knee to Haman.
A decree went out from the king to get rid of the Jews based on Haman’s recommendation.
Joining the Story
We pick up the story as Mordecai is distraught. He won’t eat or drink and is wearing sackcloth while sitting near the courtyard gates of the palace.
Queen Esther sends someone down to bring him fresh clothes and inquire about Mordecai’s distress.
He explains the situation to the attendant, and encourages Esther to go before the king.
These days, you only were permitted to see the king when you were summoned. You never went before the king unannounced.
Mordecai says to Esther,
“Just because you live in the king’s palace, don’t think that out of all the Jews you alone will escape.”Esther 4:13
As we have seen from our story so far, Queen Esther was placed in a unique position to potentially save her people.
Queen Esther was a Jew but had not revealed her nationality to anyone based on advice from Mordecai.
We may not be a queen or a prince, but we might find ourselves in positions of influence in our companies or schools.
God works to place us in positions for times when He needs us to act. As we will see in our story tomorrow, Queen Esther was in a unique position to request something of the king.
Our position may afford us an opportunity to shape policy, care for employees who are struggling, guide generations, or take a stand against injustice.
God places us where He needs us most, but it may not be relevant when we first began. Esther’s influence takes place over a period of time, and we may not be called on to act for a similar period of time.
We must be prepared to act when the time is right, and God asks us to act. Use each day to build favor and trust with others so your light can shine when it needs to be the brightest.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for using Esther’s life to guide us through difficult times. Help me to be a light to my community, and serve my team members and family with love and grace. Use me today to make a difference in the life of someone who needs it. Amen!