Vashti had been the queen of Ahasuerus, the Persian king, but had disobeyed him and had been banished. Esther, a Jewess, was chosen to replace Vashti because she had obtained grace and favor in the sight of the king and he loved her. However, things did not run smoothly because the age-old struggle between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman had intensified. Satan used the pride of Haman, the Agagite and the enemy of the Jews, to plot the destruction of all the seed of the Jews. A decree was sent throughout the kingdom “to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month” (Esther 3:12-15). Not only did Mordecai cry bitterly and clothe himself in sackcloth but we read that the people did the same: “And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes” (Esther 4:3). Therefore, this was a time of fierce persecution for the Jewish people. However, as the wise man said, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov.16:18) and the life of Haman truly demonstrated the truthfulness of this statement as he died on the very gallows which he had made for Mordecai. In order to save the Jews Mordecai, the cousin of Esther and the one who had raised her after the death of her father and mother, sought her help. She informed him that she had not been called into the king’s presence and if she went it could mean her death. Then Mordecai replied, “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14). After preparing herself to appear before the king and God granting her favor with the king she devised a plan and saved her people. Esther was so courageous that she said, “And so I will go to the king, who is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16). Her bravery and faith in God are a testament to the trust this young woman had in the living God. What a wonderful example for everyone to follow.
As Christians we have been saved by God and we are called “with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Tim. 1:9). Our question emphasizes an example of God’s perfect timing in the lives of believers. Mordecai urged Esther to trust that the Lord had placed her in a position of influence to accomplish that very thing at that time. Have you ever thought that you may be where you are in your home, or at work, or as a neighbor or even as a member of the church you attend because God has placed you in that position of influence to accomplish some task for Him in the lives of those around you? We should never forget that God is in control. There are over 170 passages of Scripture which speak about the providence of God and we need to remember that we serve the Almighty God. Don’t ever forget who you are and what God has done for you and that now you belong to Him to accomplish His purposes. Finally, never forget that God’s promises are trustworthy. So don’t give up and wait for God for Isaiah said “the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31). What do you think about this time?
From “Daily Devotions by Guy Roberson”
By Guy Roberson
From Expository Files 23.3; March 2016