I love, love, love, love the book of Esther! Esther was such a brave woman. Willing to be used of God. Making wise choices. Choosing to do the right thing in the bold face of opposition. May this be said of all of us, brave, willing, wise and choosing to do the right thing.
My favorite verse in the book is found in chapter four.
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
This particular verse, from chapter four of Esther, reminds me that God doesn't need me to accomplish His purpose. His will, His plan will be brought to fruition with or without my help. But oh! To be part of that plan. To allow His will to direct my choices. To make His purpose my purpose.
If you're not familiar with the story of Esther, Esther is the Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus, chosen for her great beauty. She's a heroine and a shining example of what a woman, willing to be used of God, can accomplish for His kingdom.
The king's advisor, Haman, was offended by Esther's cousin, Mordecai. Haman seeks permission from the king to have all the Jews in the kingdom annihilated. And he gets that permission. Esther, on the other hand, being willing to be used of God and not to be silent, is their salvation. The king loved and respected Esther, and he listened to her plea. Instead of her people the Jews being killed, Haman their enemy is put to death. Ironically, he lost his life on a gallows he built for Mordecai.
Esther was created for such a time as this. And so were you! You were created for this time, for this life. Created by God to be used for His purpose. He has a purpose for your story.
10 Lessons we can learn for Esther:
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