My favorite book of the Bible is Esther. I love the drama. I love the story. At the risk of sounding trite, Esther is a fantastic script with a twisting and turning plot, rich characters, deceit, love, betrayal, an underdog overcoming great odds, and a beautiful story of grace and mercy. It’s a script that could only be written and directed by our mighty God, and produced in real life through his awesome power.
I love this biography of a young orphan girl, raised by her cousin, suddenly thrust into the palace with the chance to be a queen. She must hide her identity because her people are looked down on. She finds favor with everyone, including the king, and is made queen. In the mean time, her uncle saves the king’s life by uncovering a conspiracy to murder him. Simultaneously, the King’s main advisor is planning genocide for the queen’s people but he doesn’t even know the queen is one of them. It’s scandalous and the intensity is palpable!
In the face of her death and the death of her entire race, Queen Esther is warned by her cousin that she has two options. She can choose to stand by, try to protect herself, say nothing, and allow her faithful God to send another deliverer for the Jews. Or, she can rise to the occasion, and risk her own life for the chance to save her people. It’s a nail biter!
All this intensity leads up to one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible. I’m a sucker for a good plot, and when reading about these events in Esther’s life, I’m always on the edge of my seat.
“…and who knows but that you have come to the royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b
Wow! What a thought for Esther to ponder. Her cousin Mordecai reminds her that God has been in charge of this scene from the opening act. He loves His people and will deliver them with or without her.
But, Esther has the choice. Will she just watch as God raises up a deliver from another place, or will she bravely step up and accept her divine calling. After all, it’s quite possible that this one moment is the entire reason that God allowed her to become Queen. Every detail, every event, has been leading up to this climactic choice.
Isn’t it amazing when you sit back and really think about it. This is a true account from the Bible. It’s not a script or a work of fiction. God actually called this beautiful, young orphan girl into a royal position and gave her the awesome opportunity to provide deliverance for her entire race from complete genocide.
Now, maybe God isn’t calling you to something quite that intense. Maybe it’s a smaller step of faith and obedience in marriage, your career, or your ministry. Who knows, maybe He is calling you to something monumental. Regardless of the fork in the road that you are standing at, God does give us opportunities for Esther moments in our lives. He brings us to a crossroads of sorts and allows us to choose which path to follow. We can meekly sit back and allow God to find another person to fill the role that He has called us to.
Or we can boldly step out in faith and obedience.
We can choose to let our Esther moment become the defining scene of our story where we choose to follow God’s call regardless of the risk. We can choose to bravely accept His plan and His will for our lives.
My prayer today is that we will each come to our Esther moments with purpose. We will gladly accept the challenge to follow where He leads. We will step into our calling, whatever it may be, without hesitation because we trust that it has been His plan all along.
Imagine that moment I described earlier. The ultimatum is given by Esther’s cousin. She is forced with a heavy decision. She can let God use her or watch someone else fill her divine calling.
Now picture yourself there instead. The ultimatum is given to you. You stand at your own personal fork in the road. You know that God has called you for such a time as this. Sister, boldly step into your role. Take courage, because God has a plan for you just as He did for Esther.
Embrace your Esther moment.
Love and blessings,