Is God serious about accomplishing His purposes? I’m not sure you could read the book of Esther and think otherwise. Even though God’s name isn’t mentioned, you sense His hand strongly throughout the whole book. I love what Courtney Joseph, a prominent speaker & blogger says in summary of Esther:
• The King is drunk when he requests Queen Vashti to come to his royal court.
• Queen Vashti refuses and is removed as queen.
• Esther, a Jewish orphan girl, ends up…the new queen.
• Mordecai discovers a plot to assassinate the king and the king is saved…but Mordecai is not rewarded although his name is recorded in the royal records.
• Haman plots to annihilate the Jews. A letter is sent out in all the kingdom to destroy the Jews.
• Esther has not been with her groom, the king, in 30 days and going to him could mean death!
Everything. is. out. of. control.
And then it happens…the people pray. God hears their prayers. The king can’t sleep so the royal records are opened and there the king discovers his need to honor Mordecai for saving his life. Mordecai is honored. Esther gathers the courage to speak. Haman is hung. God saves his people! God is the Hero!
Courtney goes on to say, “The star of this story is Esther, whose name actually means “star”. Esther shined in a dark culture and God used her in a place where no one else could be used. God raised her up for “such a time as this!” He displayed his power through her. And God has raised each one of us up, so he can display his power through us.”
I appreciate this because it reminds us of our place in God’s story. Though our day-to-day obedience might seem lackluster at times, we never know how God can use us where He puts us. He did great things through Esther to preserve the Jewish people and prepare for the Messiah. Now, He uses us to proclaim the Messiah and to see His Kingdom come and His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6).
Two questions for reflection:
- What did God teach you through today’s chapter?
- What has been your favorite part of the story of Esther?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor