By Belina Sithole
Esther 8:3 Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews.
Esther 8:5 – 6 “If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favour and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces. 6For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”
Esther had now summoned the courage to ask all her requests, but she asked wisely, not asking for everything all at once, she had planned her requests. As you can imagine how demanding it might come across asking the king to come dine with her, then on the same day ask that he grants her her life and that of all the Jews. She waited until each request was met then ask for the next.
From this passage we learn that we should apply wisdom in all situations and make the most of the opportunities presented to us.
Ephesians 5:15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Esther also revealed that she was related to Mordecai and Mordecai was appointed over Haman’s estate. Mordecai then wrote a new decree in the king’s name on behalf of the Jews
Esther 8: 11 The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children, and to plunder the property of their enemies.
Esther’s purpose was beyond being a beautiful queen, her beauty was a gift she used to fulfil a purpose to save her people from a massacre. We all have God given gifts which we were given to fulfil our purpose.
You might not know what your gift or purpose is yet, but the best thing we can do is focus all our efforts on God and everything else shall be revealed to us.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.