The book of Esther shows that God works through people to fulfil his purpose for our lives:
·God gave Esther the gift of beauty, and this gift allowed Esther to find favour in the eyes of the King
·God used Mordecai to save the King’s life from the guards who were plotting to assassinate him
·God used the palace servant who was reading to the King to bring Mordecai’s kind actions to the King’s knowledge
·God used Esther and the King to bring proud Haman down. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall
·God used the King to save Mordecai’s life from Haman’s plot
·God used Esther, the King and Mordecai to save the Jews from their enemies
We also learn that it is important to be wise and humble in all situations, continue to do God’s work and he will lift you up in due time.
Esther 10:3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.
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.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life – Romans 6:4
It is easy to think sin has benefits, to think you can live life on your own terms no blueprint just an easy self-determined life. As we get enticed to sin, we are put under the illusion that we are masters of our own life the orchestrators of our own destiny.
But soon you realise that sin is controlling, it is a master with rules. In Romans 6:16 we are reminded that we are slaves to the one we obey. Whatever you worship and value soon becomes your centre of focus.
In Romans we are instead called to be slaves to righteousness. We are called to surrender our lives to stand right with God. This surrender yields freedom – the freedom to live an empowered life.
God is putting us in a position of Choice, by grace we are empowered to choose. However, if we choose sin, we choose death regardless of how enticing it looks in that moment. If we choose to love and obey God, he leads us to a life of perfect righteousness.
Do not allow the enemy to deceive you into thinking that choosing Jesus is choose a legalistic life we see God saying in choosing me you are following the path to a life of total freedom to live in your purpose.
Roman 6:21-22 – What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
The ultimate desire of God for our lives is that we live a fulfilled life, unchained and boldly walking in our purpose.
Because of the work od Jesus on the cross we are no longer bound to our past he has given us a new slate.
Today i choose to remember Through the blood of Jesus, we have been made right with God, our sinful nature was crucified with Jesus so that sin will no longer have dominion over us. We must consider ourselves indeed dead to sin. We are no longer slaves to sin! (Romans 6: 1-23)
If you have not received Jesus as your Lord, He is ready to lead you and walk with you.
Lord Jesus, I surrender my will, my life, and my control for yours. I invite you to come and lead. In Jesus name amen.