Esther was a very prominent biblical figure. So much so, in fact, that she has an entire book of the Bible after her! Who was she, and what can we learn from her story?
Times were really tough, deadly tough
Esther lived during the reign of the Persian King Xerxes of Susa. During this time, King Xerxes ruled over the people of Israel. When Esther was young, King Xerxes was searching for a wife and a new queen. He brought many women to him, making most of them his concubines. He would only select one who he would call his queen. While Esther initially caught Xerxes’ eye with her beauty, she truly captivated him with the depths of her character. He recognized her as a woman fit to rule by his side. She wins Xerxes’ trust further when she uncovers a plot to assassinate him. Now, Xerxes was in her debt.
At this time, Haman, part of the king’s court, was plotting genocide against the Jewish people. Now was the time for Esther’s defining moment. She used the trust and favor she had gained with the King to ensure the safety of God’s people and crush Haman’s wicked plans. Even though approaching the King without being summoned could have cost her life, she trusted God anyway and stood on behalf of her people. Her bravery, character, and compassion led her to become such a beloved figure in the history of our faith.
Scared and still strong
What can we learn from Esther’s story? To never give up! Esther found herself in a really complicated situation but still trusted God and did what He wanted her to do. She must have felt scared and insecure like we all do sometimes, but she didn’t let that stop her. King Xerxes was a powerful man and could be ruthless. One wrong move on Esther’s part could have cost her everything, even her life.
Application for us
At one point or another, we will face situations that are complicated or even feel impossible. That’s why we must remember that for each of our problems, God has hundreds of solutions. His perspective is boundless, and if we put our faith in Him as Esther did, He will lead us precisely where we need to be, all according to His plan. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (NLT). Nothing is more powerful than the God who loves us and fights for us always. Cling to this truth, and never give up!