“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Mordecai was speaking to his cousin Esther, an orphan he had raised, who became a queen, the wife of King Xerxes, ruler over Persia and Media. Mordecai wanted Esther to intercede to the king on their behalf. She was in a position to avert disaster for her people. Haman, a high official in the king’s court, had obtained permission from the king to annihilate the Jews.
As women I venture to say few of us have an understanding of our high calling. No, we may never be a queen like Esther, but our words and actions carry a far influence. There are moments when we come into situations that require from us a response that can affect the destiny of others.
The story of Esther is one of faith and courage. Esther risked her life in approaching the king, but the king extended his royal sceptre to her and later granted her request at a banquet she prepared for him. Her noble actions spared her people.
Before Esther became queen she went through a year of purification along with all of the other women who wanted to be chosen as queen. During this time Esther won the favor of all who saw her and ultimately the king desired her above all of the other women.
We also have a King whose favor we desire. “Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house. Let the king be entrhalled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.” Psalm 45:11,12
Prayer–Our Father in heaven, we ask for your favor. Prepare us for the time when we will be called upon to represent your will on earth as it is in heaven. May we be wise and courageous, like Esther. Amen.