Author: Nthombikayise Jacha
“Mistakes happen for a reason, there is purpose for and behind everything.” Anonymous
Mistakes are an everyday part of life. Some things appear as if they are mistakes, yet they are the divine moves of God that happen for a reason known only to Him.
In the book of Esther, the Bible records an interesting and emotional story that we need to look at and study.
King Xerxes decided to have a banquet for all his noblemen and officials. His military leaders and noblemen were all present and enjoying the festivities. This may look like an inconsequential thing to do for a very prosperous kingdom – it was just a banquet, but we can see that it had nothing to do with banqueting. God had His agenda, unknown to everybody including the King Xerxes.
Esther 1:10-12 (NIV)
‘On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him … to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.’
It was as if this was a simple request from the king, but her heart was hardened in order to fulfill a sequence of events which only God knew about. When the queen refused to come to the king, as requested, it was obviously a shock to him as this had never happened before. Something may be happening right now in your life for the first time. It may seem like the wrong time, but it could be God’s perfect timing!
The Lord says, ‘…my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’ (Isaiah 55:8 NIV). In the meantime, the queen was busy showing off to her invited guests, thinking in her mind that she was untouchable, because she was the mother of the land.
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.’
Both king Xerxes and queen Vashti had no idea what was really going on at that time. God used them to fulfill His plans and purposes for the Jewish people.
The king consulted experts, as was the custom in those days, as to what action should be taken in view of the queen’s behaviour. After the meeting a spokesperson was appointed to relay the verdict.
Esther 1:16-19 (NIV)
‘Then Memukan replied in the presence of the king and the nobles, “Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces of King Xerxes. For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.’ This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord.
Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed,that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she.”’
All the members of the high court were very pleased with this and that marked the end of queen Vashti’s reign.
It seems as if Vashti messed it up for herself, but this was completely out of her control. She had to make this mistake in order for her to be legally removed from royalty. This position belonged to someone else, even though no one knew who and how it was going to happen. If the nobles and the other leaders had known what would happen next, they wouldn’t have made such a decision, because the lady who was going to be appointed queen was Jewish – a people they did not like.
There are so many things that God allows us to go through and at the end of day you wonder what you may have done wrong? The answer is nothing, but God is at work in your life for His perfect will to be accomplished.
Now the time came for the new queen to be appointed, and it was a lengthy process of about twelve months. The king’s advisers suggested that they seek for beautiful virgins in all of the provinces. They would then come to the capital city for what was effectively a beauty contest. Among the girls that were chosen was a foreigner from Israel (Esther). Mordecai, her uncle, worked as a security guard at the king’s gate. Mordecai had brought up Esther very well after the death of both her parents. He instructed her never to reveal her identity during the contest because that would constitute an immediate disqualification. Esther did as she was told and spent a lengthy period undergoing all the skin treatments that were required by the king.
(To be continued)
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