Author: Nthombikayise Jacha
It may have looked like this girl was just a foreigner and an orphan, but she was born and raised for this specific event. Her stage had just been set and Esther was now stepping into her future.
Many who are reading this may have been wondering why they have gone through life the way they did. It may have looked unfair and unjust when your relatives and friends mistreated you. Can you see God has used these times, that you were being prepared for something greater than you could’ve ever imagined? If no one knows you now and people walk past you as if you do not exist, that should not worry you. You do not make anybody notice you; it is only God who will make sure you will be noticed in the fullness of time. At the moment you are being protected and groomed, but the time is coming that you will be revealed. When that time comes, you will know why you went through the painful experiences. Your time is coming.
Esther 2:15-17 (NIV)
‘When the turn came for Esther … to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her… Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.’
Now you should not forget a few critical things here. Esther’s turn had to come, meaning there were others and they had their turns. Your life will be the same and when it’s your turn do not mess it up by not doing your best. Even if you do not look like a winner from the outside, you are a winner on the inside. You may not have the qualification, but God will qualify you. It may look like you are not the right person, but in fact you are. When your moment comes, do the best you can and leave the rest to God. If you trust in God, you are not just waiting to see what will happen! If God is on your team, you are guaranteed victory.
You may not be in the majority, but I can assure you that what you need is the favour of God and when that favour is on you, the doors will fly open. Even if these doors were closed before, they will open the moment you step in.
Esther was in a foreign land, always felt inadequate, and was an orphan too. She was aware that her people, the Jews, were not wanted there. There were many things against her, but here, God could set a table before her, amongst her enemies.
The king saw something in Esther that he couldn’t see in any of the other girls and he immediately approved of her.
When your obedience is matched with the appointed time, favour and approval will follow you. All the issues in your life that were beyond you, then fall into line. The approval of God will make all things beautiful.
While all these changes were taking place in the palace, there were other negative developments in the security department. Two of the king’s security officers got angry at what was happening and plotted to assassinate the king. Mordecai could not hide this important information, even though he knew that he was a foreigner and not liked by many of those in higher authority. The only person whom he could trust with such information was his niece, who was now the queen.
Queen Esther realised the importance of the news and trusted the source of the information so she did not hesitate to report the matter to the king. The king put together an investigative team and they found all the allegations to be true. The Bible tells us that the two were sent to the gallows, but most importantly, what Mordecai had done was recorded in the history books in the presence of the king. It was as if Esther had been fortunate to be chosen queen, and it’s as if Mordecai has just saved the king’s life. All these events were allowed by God to take place for a reason known only unto God; for the participants’ own good. When we read this passage from scripture, our eyes will be opened.
One of the nobles by the name of Haman got promoted by the king and the king then demanded all officials to bow down in his honour, but Mordecai refused to bow down to a mere man. This infuriated Haman.
Esther 3:8-9 (NIV)
‘He said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will give ten thousand talents of silver to the king’s administrators for the royal treasury”.’
Did Haman make a mistake?
Look out for part three of this four part series.
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