Updated: Jul 13
Time is so important and the best use of time is even more vital to anyone's life, even more so for those who are born-again believers. Why? We are compelled by God's Word to make our time on this earth have some purpose or meaning. In a world where time slips right through our hands (like sands in the hourglass..lol), believers are reminded that our days have purpose and promise and we are not accidentally bumping from one situation to another. Our lives have meaning!!
A great example of God using someone to make a huge difference in their time on this earth is the life of Esther. Esther was a beautiful girl who at a very significant time took a stand and God used her to save a huge group of Jews.
All of this began with King Xerxes doing the following in verses 1- 9 1 Now it happened in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Cush over 127 provinces, 2 in those days as King Xerxes sat on his royal throne which was at the citadel in Susa, 3 in the third year of his reign he held a banquet for all his officials and attendants, the army officers of Persia and Media, the nobles and the officials of his provinces, in his presence. 4 At that time he displayed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor of his great majesty for many days, 180 days. 5 When these days were finished, the king held a banquet lasting seven days for all the people who were present at the citadel in Susa, from the greatest to the least, in the courtyard of the garden of the king’s palace. 6 There were curtains of fine white and violet linen held by cords of fine purple linen on silver rings and marble columns, and couches of gold and silver on a mosaic floor of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and mineral stones. 7 Drinks were served in golden vessels of various kinds, and the royal wine was plentiful in proportion to the king’s bounty. 8 But the drinking was done according to the royal law; there was no compulsion, for so the king had given orders to each official of his household, that he was to do as each person pleased. 9 Queen Vashti also held a banquet for the women in the palace which belonged to King Ahasuerus.
But things really went south for the King when he sent for His queen to show her off to all of his royal guests. 10 On the seventh day when the heart of the king was cheerful with wine, he ordered Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Xerxes,11 to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal turban in order to display her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful.12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s order delivered by the eunuchs. So the king became very angry, and his wrath burned within him.
So the king liked to brag about the beauty of his wife, but she refused to be done in that way and it embarrassed him and King Xerxes moved to plan B. Here is what happened as a result of Queen Vashti's actions. A King's edict or law was known and the following scripture explains the edict. 19 If it pleases the king, let a royal edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot be repealed, that Vashti may not come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to another who is more worthy than she. Esther 2: 2 Then the king’s attendants, who served him, said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king.3 And may the king appoint overseers in all the provinces of his kingdom, and have them bring every beautiful young virgin to the citadel of Susa, to the harem, into the custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let their cosmetics be given to them.4 Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen in place of Vashti.”
Enter Esther. All of the young virgins gathered and the king was pleased with Esther, but she did not reveal she was a Jew because Mordecai her uncle told her not to. Mordecai was one of the king's servants and had previously saved the king's life and had never been acknowledged for his good deed. This would prove fruitful for a request Esther was going to be making in the near future of the king. God has positioned her at just the right time and just the right place to do a great job for Him. Keep in mind, God is never mentioned in this book, but His hand can be seen throughout the whole thing. I will give conclusions in the next blog, so stay tuned and read Esther this week for great inspiration!! I can't help but think of the worship song Waymaker when reading this great book. Here are some of the lyrics. Even when I can't see that You're working Even when I don't feel that You're working
You never stop You never stop working You never stop You never stop working
The Pilgrimage Continues