The Story of Esther
After a very strange turn of events, Esther, a Jewish orphan, was chosen to be the King's new Queen. However, Esther was instructed to keep her nationality a secret in the event that she might be looked down upon for being a Jew.
Esther's Uncle Mordechai refused to bow down to the King's advisor, Haman. The advisor planned to have Mordechai and all of the Jews killed. However, Mordechai overheard Haman speaking of a plan to kill the King.
When Mordechai overheard the conversation, he went to Esther and asked her to petition on the Jews behalf.
After fasting a praying, Esther petitioned to the King, revealing that she was a Jew, and saving her people.
- There is a preparation time. Esther knew that what she had been asked to do was a risky task and she allowed herself enough time to become prepared. Fasting and praying allowed her to draw closer to God so that He could give her instruction.
- We need the favor of God. Esther found favor with the King. Living a life that is pleasing to God will allow you to find favor with Him, and God will also allow you to find favor with people.
- God works in His own time and season. Esther didn't immediately petition to the King as soon as she heard the news. She cooked him two meals before she came before him. We must remain alert for God's perfect timing on when we should do something, and realize that He has perfect timing for what He is going to do as well.
- Your background does not hinder your future with God. Esther was an orphan. She was also a Jew, a nationality that at the time, was looked down upon. However, God called upon her to save a nation!
Esther was not only a woman of God, but a bold Christian as well.