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What Can We Learn from Esther? (a Princess of Influence)

Updated on August 31, 2015

Introduction


Esther 4:14; Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

~”God promotes us or puts us in a place for a reason, and we need the courage and wisdom to see that reason and to walk in it.”-David Guzik commentary on the Bible (Esther)~

~ “You have been wishing for another position where you could do something for Jesus: do not wish anything of the kind, but serve Him where you are.” (Spurgeon)~

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.-Colossians 3:2


Esther Chapter 4

There are debates about the spiritual state of Esther. Some say that she is not a true believer for committing fornication and marrying an obvious unbeliever, King Ahasuerus. Some, on the other hand, calls her the “returning backslider.” There are many views regarding this issue, but there is one that is for certain, that is the providence of God and His undying faithfulness to His people.

The book of Esther may have left out certain information but it does not change its ultimate message about the sovereignty of our God. [I, for one, believe that Esther is a believer and a returning backslider. I also think God will not let an unbeliever’s name to be the name of one whole book of the Bible. No one can also deny how God worked through Esther, to deliver His people out of the hands of Haman, and how she courageously responded in obedience. (Esther 4:15-16)]

1. A Princess Obeys Her King

We can clearly see how God arranged the series of events that happened in the book of Esther for His purpose and for His glory. Esther, like the rest of us, was just a mere instrument that was used by God through her obedience.

In our walk with God we must always keep our eyes fixed on Him. Wherever God puts us, let’s keep in mind that He always has a purpose for it. To do so, we must not ask the question, “What can God do for me in this circumstance?” instead let’s ask for wisdom and leading to do what God wants us to do for Him, by His grace and for His glory.

Even so, just like in Esther, there will be lots of distractions. Esther was probably distracted by the riches that surrounded her, the power and even the fear of her husband. The circumstance that she was in, was in no way making it easy for her to obey God. And that is usually the case even until now. Obedience will always cost us something, but the cost of disobedience to God will always be far greater.

Consequently, in obedience we may lose material things or go through certain kind of trivial loses such as not being able to do this and that. But in disobedience, we lose more than that, we are forfeiting the privilege to serve our God and the joy of walking in Him. To disobey and hurt our faithful God is a behavior no princess should be so accustomed with.

There are no specific or “scheduled” instances in where we should serve God and obey Him. All the days of our lives, every second of it, in every moment; wherever we may be, how easy or difficult in may seem, we are ought to live for Him. Living for Him means obedience.

15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.-1 Peter 2:15-17

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.-Matthew 5:16

Obey God and Leave All the Consequences to Him.”-Charles Stanley

Obedience should be the feet of our faith, trusting Him should be the hands of our faith. So, no matter how trying our circumstances may be, even if the whole world seems to be against us, let us not walk by sight but by faith. Let the whole world wonder or even persecute us at our obedience to God, let the earth be filled with God’s influence through our lives.


2. The Strength and Humility of a Princess

To the unbelieving world the strength of a princess can be her people, her riches, her power or all three. But in God’s kingdom, the strength of His princess is Himself.

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield
and the horn
of my salvation, my stronghold.-Psalm 18:1-2

That is why no princess of the King should hide in cowardice nor be imprisoned by fear. We are only to fear our King. If God is for us, who can be against us?-Romans 8:31

Our Royal Weapons

The WORD OF THE KING (2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17)

PRAYER (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)

A Princess should act like a Princess, by the grace of her King and for her King’s glory. When living for our King, we should show exemplary behavior that is fit for a King’s beloved Princess.

We are not be careless with anything that our King has entrusted to us. We must be prepared though prayer and with the reading of the King’s holy word.

We are to also to walk in humility and submissiveness. We are to be both courageous and humble at the same time. Just like in the book of Esther where we can see how Esther showed such behavior when she courageously obeyed her true King and at the same time, humbly asked for prayers and prayed humbly herself. But wait, she did not stopped there, even with her dealings with her husband she was able to show such humility and respect.

~iii. In exactly the same way, we have a place in God's plan. Wherever you are at right now, God has a purpose for it - maybe a short purpose, or a long one; perhaps a large purpose or a small purpose, but God has a reason.~

~iv. To this point, the story of Esther also shows us that in the outworking of His plan, God can use the evil of man. God did not make Ahasuerus drunk, or make him demand that his queen present herself in an immodest way before the lords of the kingdom; yet God allowed this wicked action of man to fulfil a purpose in His greater plan. We find assurance in the truth that no other person, no matter how evil they are, can defeat God's plan for our life, no matter what they have done to you or will do to you.~–David Guzik Commentary on the Bible (Esther)

Our King Is the Sovereign King!

Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, `My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure'; - Isaiah 46:10

"All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, `What have You done?' – Daniel 4:35

The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.- Psalm 29:10

Closing Words

“We should not be making mere impressions that is of no value in eternity, we should strive, by God’s grace, to make an impact that will last until eternity. And that is to obey and so glorify our God. “

Our obedience/faithfulness should come out from our love for our King (who loved us first) and a princess should love her King above all, with all her heart, with all her soul and with all her mind. (Matthew 22:37)

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.-John 14:15

“And He who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”-John 8:29 – Just like our Savior, Jesus Christ, let this be our personal goal in our Christian life.

-apG

Soli Deo Gloria

May 2014


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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      The Book of Esther is about God's intervention in the affairs of mankind to bring about His interest. We should not be distracted about Esther's intentions because we do not have all the facts--and even if we did, we do not have God's thoughts towards them. I follow and agree with your perspective.