September 21: Esther

Read Esther 4:1-17; Esther 7:1-10

There is no doubt that Esther experienced transformation.  She was likely an unsuspecting Jewish teenage girl caught in a transitional time when some Jews had returned from exile to Jerusalem.  But she, with many others, was a subject in the Persian Empire.  At this fragile time in Israel’s history, she was taken off to beauty school, placed in the king’s harem, and looked upon with favor by King Ahasuerus.  That is a transformation that would turn anyone’s world upside down!

And yet, the transformation that captures our attention in today’s reading is much larger than a single life.  Haman, one of the king’s counselors, had developed a plan that would result in the execution of all Jews.  The plan seemed to be fail proof…unless the right person could get a hearing with the king.

Notice these words of challenge from Mordecai, Esther’s relative, in verse 4:14:

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

On the one hand, Mordecai was convinced that the eternal plan of God could not be thwarted.  He understood that God’s people, the Jews, would somehow survive this threat.  After all, centuries before, the Father had promised to Abraham that they would to be a source of blessing to all of the nations (Gen. 12:1-3).  Mordecai knew that, on the one hand, God’s people would not be completely destroyed.  Somehow, He would provide deliverance.  The question was whether Esther was to be a key mouthpiece through which this relief and deliverance would come.

Having read the story, you know that God did use her miraculously.  She was an instrument of transformation for an entire nation.  Praise God!

There are many golden nuggets in this passage.  We can bank on the fact that God’s plans will be accomplished…in every way.  For example, He will build His church (Matt. 16:16).  The question for us is whether we will step forward, break the silence and be part of His incredible plan or passively allow His will to be accomplished through other means?  Will we be a mouthpiece to the “five” in our lives?  Will we serve Him passionately?

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I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 33+ years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and two grandsons. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. www.woostergrace.org
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