I just read through the book of Esther in the Bible and I loved it! My favorite part of it was the beautiful moment in Esther’s life where she finally realized why she was put where she was. It finally clicked that she had a purpose bigger than she realized. Before I jump in any further, I want to give you the brief backstory leading up to this moment Esther’s life.
Esther was adopted by her Jewish cousin, Mordecai, due to her parents passing away. The Queen at the time, Vashti, refused a summon from the king, causing her to be kicked out of her position. The king then decided to look for a young woman to replace her. His servants went out and did just that, Esther being one of the young women. Now, Mordecai didn’t leave Esther, he stuck close by, talking to her every day to make sure she was okay and what was going on. When it was Esther’s turn to see the king, he fell head-over-heels for her, immediately placing a crown upon her head. A little further in, a terrible decree was put out into the public eye… Every Jew was to be put to death. Mordecai knew that Esther was in a position to help, but she didn’t agree at first. She said, “Everyone who works for the king here, and even the people out in the provinces, knows that there is a single fate for every man or woman who approaches the king without being invited: death. The one exception is if the king extends his gold scepter (kind of like a staff); then he or she may live. And it’s been thirty days now since I’ve been invited to come to the king.” (Esther 4:11) And right there is where all of the juicy stuff began.
Esther 4:12-16 (MSG)
When Hathach told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” Esther sent back her answer to Mordecai: “Go and get all the Jews living in Susa together. Fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days, either day or night. I and my maids will fast with you. If you will do this, I’ll go to the king, even though it’s forbidden. If I die, I die.“
Maybe you were made for such a time… To me, that’s really powerful. I’m all about purpose, so it really speaks to me. Like I commented in my last post, which was actually a reblog, God knew what He was doing when He made you. No matter how flawed you may feel, you are here for a specific reason and if you allow Him, God is going to use you in amazing ways! You may feel like your position in life is piddly, but if you’ve put your trust in the Lord, following His ways, then you’re where you’re meant to be. If your not, God will put you where you need to be. Who knows? Maybe you’re meant for a very special time. I think the most important part though, is the phrase, “If I die, I die.” That shows the amount of trust you have in the Lord. If you’re scared of dying, refusing to do anything where it’s a possibility, then are you really going out of you’re comfort zone for the Lord? God didn’t say following Him was going to be easy, but He did say that He will give you everything you need.
I highly encourage you to read the whole book of Esther for yourself. I’d love to know about the hidden messages you find in it! 🙂
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